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Capt. Donald R. Emerson took this aircraft over from Lt. Edward A. Quist, who had become a POW on 8 November 1944.
Capt. Emerson would be Killed In Action flying this aircraft on Christmas day 1944.

Connections

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

People

  • Donald Emerson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Born 17 May 1923, Donald was raised on a farm in Minnesota during the Great Depression. He graduated from high school in 1941, not having excelled to any degree academically. He did not feel destined to be a farmer, so he soon moved to Chicago to find...

  • Edward Quist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. In P-51D 44-13961, became separated from his section in bad weather while returning from mission. Last seen NW of the Ruhr Valley. Prisoner of War POW 8-Nov-44. MACR 10447. ...

Aircraft

  • 44-15054

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Capt Donald R Emerson took this aircraft over from Lt Earl A Quist, who had become a POW on 8-Nov-44. ...

Locations

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 21:13:48 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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