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Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:34 pm Post subject: RAF Debden and the 334th Fighter Squadron - Who were they?
A brief description of RAF Debden and the 334th Fighter Squadron (taken from Marcphil's news post)
Debden was home to the top-scoring "Eagles" of the American 4th Fighter Group from September 1942 to July 1945. Debden became known as The Eagles Nest because the base was home to the 4th FG, formed from the RAF's three Eagle squadrons (Number 71, 121 and 133) which were manned by American volunteer pilots before the USA officially entered the War. The 4th Fighter Group was part of the 65th Fighter Wing, and its USAAF Squadron designations became 334, 335 and 336. This made it the oldest fighter group in the Eighth Airforce. The 4th Fighter Group claimed 583 air and 469 ground enemy aircraft destroyed, the highest total of the USAAF. 241 of its own fighters were lost. The Eagles flew Spitfires until April 1943, then P47 Thunderbolts until February 1944, when they converted to P51 Mustangs
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