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Cadman Vinton Padgett


Joined RAFVR, assigned 121S, transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF, Promoted to 1st Lt, designated Assistant Squadron Engineering Officer 20-1-43, Promoted to Captain 30-11-43.
Post War:
Operations Officer, Andrews AFB, Maryland
Flew in the Korean War
Appointed C/O, 52nd Airlift Squadron Rhein-Main AB, Germany 12-1954.
Other posts included:
Commander, Umnak AFB, Alaska
CO of Special Air Mission Squadron, Bolling AFB
C-124 assignments at Altus AFB, Oklahoma and Donaldson AFB, South Carolina
CO of C-124 Squadron at Dover AFB, Delaware
1963 Retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter 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...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...


Associated Place

  • 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.

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Allentown Rd, Maryland, USA 12 September 1916

Born - 12 September 1916 Allentown, Maryland, USA.

Lived in Bethesda, MD, USA 1940

Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1941

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Kirton, Lincolnshire, UK 1941 – 24 September 1942

Assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 24 September 1942 – 20 January 1944

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK January 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 November 1943

Promoted to Captain

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 20 January 1944

Tour Expired.

Buried 11 July 1991
Died Broward County, FL, USA 4 November 1991

Died - 4 November 1991 Broward Co, Florida, USA.


Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 17:33:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 09:11:17 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2015 23:03:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

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27 September 2014 18:04:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /