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Lieutenant Don Patchen, Captain Bob Hobert, Lieutenant Don Emerson, Major Jim Goodson, and Lieutenant Bob Tussey of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, study their squadron's score board. In one month 336th Squadron downed 156 enemy planes which was a record in both the European and Pacific theaters.



  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter 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...


  • 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...

  • James Goodson

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Goodson was a U.S. citizen born in New York City on 21 March 1921 of British parents. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, by his mother following his father's death. In 1939, upon graduation from high school, he had no money but a desire to meet...

  • Robert Hobert

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Robert Hobert was from Woodland, Washington. He was assigned to the 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF and transferred to the 336th fighter squadron, 4th Fighter Group, in May 1943 staying until April 1944. ...

  • Donald Patchen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber support mission to Berlin, his P-51B Mustang 43-6584 was hit by flak in cooling system, Lt Patchen abandoned A/C 10 miles NE Hanover. 19-May-44 POW. MACR 5290. ...

  • Robert Tussey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 26 missions. 2 x Victories [1 x air/ 1 x ground]. Bailed out over the English Channel from P-51 43-24771. Picked up by an Air Sea Rescue boat out of Dover and taken to Ramsgate Hospital where he later succumbed to his...


  • 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...


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14 August 2016 21:14:46 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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