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HRH the Duchess of Kent chats with four officers of the USAAF at Debden after presenting plaques containing crest insignia for past services. L-R Capt Gilbert O Halsey, Major John G DuFour, HRH the Duchess of Kent, Capt Thomas J Andrews, and Col Don Blakeslee. 24 June 43.



  • Thomas Andrews

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US Dallas Aviation School RAF refresher course, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71S, led Blue Flight 1st mission over Dieppe 18-8-42, transferred to 334FS 4FG 8AF USAAF 16-9-42 —...

  • 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,...

  • John DuFour

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Joined 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. ...

  • Gilbert Halsey

    Military | Major | Pilot
    He graduated from Cement High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma for one year before attending Spartan Air School. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force on 1-May-41. ...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
21 May 2016 23:03:07 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption and person associations

Identified Don Blakeslee as the unknown airman because I can recognize his face.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2015 20:51:16 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, person associations and place associations