IWM catalogue record
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First Lieutenant Donald J Patchen, Captain Robert D Hobert, Lieutenant Donald R Emerson, Major James A Goodson, pilots of the 4th Fighter Group, based at Debden air base, in front of a board showing numbers of enemy aircraft destroyed, damaged and probably downed, 10 April 1944.
Pinned to the board is the insignia of the 336th Fighter Squadron (formally of the RAF's Fighter Command No. 133 Squadron), with the motto 'LET US TO THE BATTLE'.
Reverse: USAAF Fighter pilots at a Mustang station study their score card. This station has downed 156 enemy planes in one month, a record in any theatre. LT.R. S/Lt. D.J. Patchen (New York), Capt. R.D. Hobert (Washington State), S/Lt. D.R. Emerson (N. Dakota), Major J.A. Goodson (Toronto), 14 "kills", & S/Lt. R.S. Tussey (Penn.).'
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...