IWM catalogue record
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Staff Sergeant Harry F. East, of the 4th Fighter Group, works on the engine of P-51 Mustang at Debden air base, 1944-1945. Printed caption attached to print: 'Top Scoring U.S. Pilots. S/Sgt. Harry F. East, Omaha, Neb., works on the motor of the P-51 Mustang flown by Capt. Don S. Gentile, a top-scoring fighter pilot, at a U.S. base somewhere in England. Highest scorer among the U.S. aces in England as of April 1, 1944, were Capt. Robert Johnson and Capt. Gentile, both with 22 destroyed.'
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 | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
Harry was the one-time crew chief for Colonel Don Blakeslee. He was with the 4th Fighter Group from January 1943 - June 1945.
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...