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Pilots and Officers of No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron at Biggin Hill, June 1942.
Standing L-R: Lt. Leonard T. Ryerson, Lt. George H. Middleton, R. Beatty, E. Miller, D. Gudmundsen, D. Lambert, Dominic S. Gentile, J. Emerson (Intelligence Officer), F. Chapman (Medical Officer), J. Stavely-Dick (Adjutant), Grant E. Eichar and Carl H. Miley.
Sitting L-R: G. Harp, William Arends, G. Omens, E. Taylor, Coburn C. King, T. Thomas (Commanding Officer), Donald J. M.Blakeslee, George B. Sperry, E. Doorley, K. Kimbro and W. Baker.



  • No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...


  • William Arends

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, crashed in Spitfire P8595 [written off] nr Epworth, Lincolnshire, after a collision in the air with P8438 [P/O Samuel Fisk Whedon successfully deployed his chute, but killed in landing]. 3-4-42. ...

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer
    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,...

  • Grant Eichar

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RCAF, assigned to 133S, escort for on Rodeo for Boston bombers to Abbeville, intercepted on return journey by Fw190's and shot down, Killed In Action KIA. 31-7-42.

  • 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...

  • Richard Gudmundsen

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, along with the rest of Sqn flew 4 x missions over Dieppe 19-Aug-42. Shot down on escort mission over France. 6-Sep-42. Killed in action (KIA). Had completed the process to allow transfer to USAAF from RAF.

  • Coburn King

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Killed in Action (KIA) 31-7-42.

  • George Middleton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, shot down 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BS301 near Morlaix, France. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Carl Miley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    133 Eagle Sqn RAF. ...

  • Leonard Ryerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, shipped overseas, assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, Transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 26 September 1942. Crashed near Morlaix, France, out of fuel in Spitfire Mk IX BS275.

  • George Sperry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Sperry had a private pilot's licence before he joined RAFVR in 1940. He was assigned to No 133 Squadron of the RAF then, transferred to 336FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. ...


  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.


Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 13:04:15 Lucy May Changes to caption

Changed spelling from 'Eicher' to 'Eichar'. See:

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2015 09:52:04 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations

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27 March 2015 14:59:00 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.