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No 133 'Eagle' Squadron


'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to Lincolnshire at the end of the year. In April 1942 the Squadron took part in its first fighter sweep over France and moved to Biggin Hill early in May. Sweeps continued until 29 September 1942 when the Squadron was transferred to the USAAF as the 336th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group.'

Commanding officers
  • George Brown

    Military | Wing Commander | Pilot / flight commander
    Sq Ldr George Alfred Brown DFC: ...


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  • Royal Air Force

    Royal Air Force

    Formed on 1 April 1918, The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the UK's aerial warfare force. The RAF has undertaken support, combat and reconnaissance roles in conflict since 1918, and continues to do so today.

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Station Location Date
Based Duxford August 1941 – October 1941
Based Coltishall 1 August 1941 – October 1941
Based Fowlmere October 1941 – October 1941
Based Eglinton October 1941 – January 1942
Based Kirton-in-Lindsey January 1942 – May 1942
Based Biggin Hill May 1942 – July 1942
Based Martlesham Heath August 1942 – August 1942
Based Biggin Hill August 1942 – September 1942



  • Richard Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1940, and was awarded his pilot wings on September 15, 1941, joining the 133 Eagle Squadron in England. Alexander was credited with destroying 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable, before...

  • William Arends

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, crashed in Spitfire P8595 [written off] nr Epworth, Lincolnshire, after a collision in the air with P8438 [P/O Samuel Fisk Whedon successfully deployed his chute, but killed in landing]. 3-4-42. ...

  • Frederick Austin

    Military | Flight Sergeant | Pilot
    Flight Sgt Frederick Carleton Austin (1918-1942), born Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.; prior to the war was employed as an Investigator by Pinkerton Detective Agency; enlisted Royal Canadian Air Force, 30-8-40; carried out his pilot training at No. 8 F.T.S. ...

  • Henry Ayres

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF Shot down by fighters on 28 Jul 43 in P-47 41-6238 near Gouda, Holland. Ayres was injured and taken to hospital. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Baker

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Probable Fw190 26-4-41, Destroyed Fw190 31-7-41 transferred to 336FS 15-9-42, shot down 26 September 1942 near Morlaix, France in Spitfire 1X BS 446. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Barrell

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, assigned to 133S, turning onto finals into Duxford collided with another Spitfire and crashed. Killed in Action KIA 27-9-41. P/O Walter Soares also killed. Hurricanes involved Z3335 and Z3828.

  • Richard Beaty

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Morlaix disaster, crash landed in his Spitfire IX BS148 in a field near Kingsbridge, Devon due to fuel starvation. Critically injured, but survived his injuries. 26-9-42. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Joseph Bennett

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RCAF, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, promoted 1st Lt ...

  • Edwin Bicksler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, Spartan College of Aeronautics, assigned to 133S, on attachment to 57FG from 8 Mar 1943, 314th FS, 324th FG, 9AF USAAF, killed in a P-40 during an attack on German transport planes.

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer | 4th Fighter Group
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...

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  • BS138

    Supermarine Spitfire BS138 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BS140

    Supermarine Spitfire BS140 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BS275

    Supermarine Spitfire BS275 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

  • BS279

    Supermarine Spitfire BS279 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

  • BS301

    Supermarine Spitfire BS301 Mk IX, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • BS313

    Supermarine Spitfire BS313 Mk IX, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • BS446

    Supermarine Spitfire BS446 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. First flew 11-9-42. ...

  • BS447

    Supermarine Spitfire BS447 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. ...

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    Supermarine Spitfire AR341 Mk Vb, Built at Westland. ...

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Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 15:02:54 Al_Skiff Changes to category, aircraft types, commanding officers associations and stations

Addition of Sqn commander. Addition of bases.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 17:10:00 Lucy May Created entry with type, name, motto, insignia, description, aircraft types, unit became association and stations