Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Ever notice how fast Windows runs? Neither did I The_Toe_Of_Bo's Avatar
    Rank
    Forum Member
    Division
    None
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK
    Age
    53
    Posts
    255

    Trivia Yanks in Southend ....

    The photo, below, was taken in August 1942 at the Rochford airfield (now London/Southend Airport). I think the Americans were flying in for a pit stop during their relocation to RAF Debden.

    I live about 5 miles from the airport.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	large.jpg 
Views:	68 
Size:	66.4 KB 
ID:	11355




    No. 121 Squadron was a Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft squadron that during the Second World War was one of the three Eagle Squadrons manned by American volunteers.


    The squadron as originally formed on 1 January 1918, as a day bomber squadron, to operate the Airco DH.9. The squadron was equipped with Airco DH.4s for training, but due to delays with the DH.9 and the end of the war approaching, the squadron was disbanded on 17 August 1918 without becoming operational.


    The squadron was reformed on 14 May 1941 as No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, the second of three Eagle Squadrons manned by American volunteers. Equipped with the Hawker Hurricane, the squadron then converted to the Supermarine Spitfire and moved south to RAF North Weald to begin operations on channel sweeps and Rhubarb operations. On 15 November 1941 the squadron claimed its first enemy aircraft destroyed. The squadron then upgraded to cannon-armed Spitfire VBs and carried out offensive operations over the channel and providing bomber escorts.


    In September 1942, the squadron moved to RAF Debden to be with the other Eagle squadrons. The squadron was transferred to the United States Army Air Forces as the 335th Fighter Squadron and officially disbanded as a RAF unit on 29 September 1942. The new squadron became part of the 4th Fighter Group of the Eighth Air Force.


    Aircraft operated:


    Jan 1918 - Aug 1918 Airco DH.4
    May 1941 - Jul 1941 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
    Jul 1941 - Nov 1941 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb
    Oct 1941 - Nov 1941 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa
    Nov 1941 - Sep 1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb

  2. #2
    Save the whales. Collect the whole set DaveSchilling's Avatar
    Rank
    Forum Member
    Division
    None
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    505

    Default

    I bet they shot down looaads of Fucker Wulfs and Prick 109s!

    Interesting stuff, gonna try visiting London this Autumn... Eat some bland British food and watery beer, enjoy the weather..

  3. #3
    "Every day is a beautiful day" - Elwood P Dowd AOD Member AOD_BBadenov's Avatar
    Rank
    Private First Class
    Division
    War Thunder
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Oregon, USA
    Posts
    636

    Default

    Really cool. Absolutely love the historical pieces you post. I love learning about history, it's all around us yet most rarely take the time to look. Thanks for sharing.

  4. #4
    Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo! XxxHunterxxX's Avatar
    Rank
    Forum Member
    Division
    None
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    128

    Default

    Must been One of the Best Squadron I've known

    Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk


 

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
vBulletin Skin By: ForumThemes.com
Top