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Crew chief S/Sgt Harry East awaits word from Col. Don Blakeslee on issues with his Mustang following a mission to Munich.
East fought a losing battle with the temperamental engine fitted to Blakeslee's first P-51B, struggling to get the right bank of its Merlin engine to stop smoking and missing. The fighter was finally replaced, much to east's relief, when it suffered a perforated hydraulic line.



  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter 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...


  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer
    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,...

  • Harry East

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Harry was the one-time crew chief for Colonel Don Blakeslee. He was with the 4th Fighter Group from January 1943 - June 1945.


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 19:46:53 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.