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Harry F East

Military

Harry was the one-time crew chief for Colonel Don Blakeslee. He was with the 4th Fighter Group from January 1943 - June 1945.

Service

People

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer | 4th Fighter Group
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...

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Units served with

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • 43-6437

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Col Don Blakeslee led the 4th Fighter Group in this aircraft on their first escort mission to Berlin on 3 March 1944. Although a notoriously unreliable aircraft, Blakeslee kept 43-6437 because of its rare Malcolm...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ulysses, NE, USA 28 December 1916
Died Owosso, MI, USA 20 March 1985

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 22:43:33 WD-C Mustang Changes to events
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ea...

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 22:40:37 WD-C Mustang Changes to biography and awards
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ea...

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 19:40:41 apollo11 Changes to biography
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 17:13:29 apollo11 Changes to role, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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