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William G "Bill" Curtin (Centre), who worked in the Operations Room at Debden from 1941-1943 with a British colleague, two American airmen of the 4th Fighter Group and a lady from the Red Cross.

Curtin's Grandson believes the image was taken in 1943.



  • 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...

  • American Red Cross


  • William Curtin

    Military | Squadron Leader | Fighter Controller
    William G Curtin joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1938, where he trained at Hornchurch, Essex to become a flight controller, working in the operations room. He was stationed at Hornchurch throughout the Battle of Britain, when the station came under...

  • Albin Soblicas

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | GP


  • 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
07 July 2015 08:22:31 Simoncurtin Changes to caption

From family memorabilia and research

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2015 10:27:59 Emily Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Image courtesy of Simon Curtin, the grandson of William Curtin.