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Lieutenant Charles H. Shilke of the 336th Fighter Squadron, of the 4th Fighter Group, beside a P-51 Mustang named "Black Lace", at Debden air base, 1944-1945.
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...
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...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 1st Lt. Shilke few a P-51 Mustang named "Black Lace", and his Crew Chief was S/Sgt John Ganofsky.
Post War: Worked at University Park Airport in State College, PA.
Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. A/C lost 24-Oct-44. Capt Charles F Hess (1st Scouting Force) killed in training accident, bailing out too low due to engine failure.
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...