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A mock briefing of 4th Fighter Group pilots at Debden. Pilots include (order unknown): Lt. Ralph Hofer, Capt. William Smith, Lt. Warren Johnson, Lt. Ralph Saunders, Lt. Howard Moulton, Lt. Donald Patchen, Capt. Reuben Simon, Lt. Donald Emerson, Lt. Leonard Pierce, Lt. Robert Church, Capt. Alfred Markel, Lt. David Howe, Capt. Bud Care, Lt. Richard Reed, Lt. Robert Kenyon, Capt. David Van Epps, Lt. Robert Carr, Lt. William Rowles, Lt. Allen Bunte, Maj. James Goodson, Lt. Lloyd Henry, Lt. Shelton Monroe, Capt. Robert Hobert, Capt. Mike Sobanski, Capt. Nicholas Megura, Capt. Duane Beeson, Capt. Don Gentile, and Lt. Col. Jim Clark, Jr. (map in hand).
Note that this particular images cuts off a little of boths sides so a few pilots mentioned are not actully in the picture.



  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 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...


  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

  • Allen Bunte

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    1st Lt Allan F Bunte was one of the few pilots who had been married prior to assignment to the 4th Fighter Group. Assigned to 335th Fighter Squadron, transferred to 334th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • Raymond Care

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Captain Raymond Clare was from Angola, Indiana, and had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States' entry into the war. He arrived in England in March 1942 and was assigned to No. 71 Eagle Squadron of Americans in the RAF...

  • Charles Carr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Chuck Carr was assigned to 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, from October 10, 1943-April 5, 1944. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on January 12, 1944. On April 5 his P-51B (43-6837) was hit by heavy flak while he was strafing JU-88’s on...

  • Robert Church

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Captain Church originally enlisted in the RCAF, assigned to the 4th Fighter Group at Debden, where he became Commanding Officer of the 335th Fighter Squadron. Award: DFC, AM, Presidential Unit Citation, WW II Victory Medal.

  • James Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Deputy Commanding Officer
    Initially assigned to the 71st Eagle Squadron in June 1942. With the founding of the 4th Fighter Group that September, he was assigned to the 334th Squadron, where he eventually became its Commanding Officer. ...

  • 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...

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

  • 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...

  • Lloyd Henry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Berlin in P=51 'Snafu' #436579

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  • 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
14 July 2017 01:55:15 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption

Added that the order of pilots was unknown

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2017 21:32:45 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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