emblem RAFRAF No 71 (Eagle) Squadron

Aircrew RAF 71Sqn Gus Daymond first Eagle Ace 01

Hawker Hurricane II RAF 71Sqn formation shot LIFE 01

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn XRA FLt George A Brown Z3781 England 1941 01

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn XRB Z3174 preserved warbird 01

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn XRB Z3174 preserved warbird 02

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn XRJ V7608 England 1941 01

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn XRJ V7608 England 1941 02

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn XRJ V7608 England 1941 0A

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn XRT V7919 England 1941 01

Hurricane I RAF 71Sqn at Kirton in Lindsey 17 Mar 1941 IWM CH2401

Hurricane MkI RAF 71Sqn at Kirton-in-Lindsey 17 Mar 1941 IWM CH2401

American pilots of No 71 'Eagle' Squadron rush to their Hurricanes at Kirton-in-Lindsey, 17 March 1941.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 2401 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205219363

Hawker Hurricane MkI RAF 71Sqn XRT V7919 England 1941 01

'Boxing Chicken' of No.71 Eagle Squadron 1941

Profile 01: Hurricane Mk-II 'Boxing Chicken' of No.71 Eagle Squadron 1941

IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs of Dover - COD/CLOD skins
 
  COD skin by Keith checkmysix C6 Hawker Hurricane Mk II RAF 71 Sqn XR-A P3884 England 1941
  COD skin by Keith checkmysix C6 Hawker Hurricane Mk II RAF 71 Sqn XR-A P3884 England 1941 V0A
  COD skin by Keith checkmysix C6 Hawker Hurricane Mk II RAF 71 Sqn XR-C V6814 England 1941
  COD skin by Keith checkmysix C6 Hawker Hurricane Mk II RAF 71 Sqn XR-D Plt Off. William R. Dunn England 1941
  COD skin by Keith checkmysix C6 Hawker Hurricane Mk II RAF 71 Sqn XR-J V7608 England 1941
  COD skin by Keith checkmysix C6 Hawker Hurricane Mk II RAF 71 Sqn XR-T V6919 England 1941
  COD skin by Keith checkmysix C6 Hawker Hurricane Mk II RAF 71 Sqn XR-Z V7816 England 1941

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At the start of the Second World War before the US entered the war, there were a large number of American volunteers offering their services. They were formed into 'Eagle Squadrons', and would serve in the Battle of Britain. No. 71 was formed at RAF Church Fenton on 19 September 1940 with Brewster Buffalos. Appraisal by Royal Air Force acceptance personnel criticised it on numerous points including lack of armament and pilot armour, poor high-altitude performance, engine overheating, maintenance issues, and cockpit controls, while it was praised for its handling, roomy cockpit, and visibility. The aircraft were deemed unsuitable for European conditions and Hawker Hurricanes replaced them from November. The squadron became operational at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey on 5 February 1941 but moved in April to RAF Martlesham Heath. The squadron's first confirmed victory came on 21 July 1941 during a bomber escort mission when Pilot Officer Dunn destroyed a Bf 109F over Lille. On 29 September 1942 the squadron, together with the other two Eagle squadrons, was transferred to the US Army Air Force becoming the 334th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group.

    Magazine References: +

  • Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
  • Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
  • FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
  • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
  • Flugzeug Classic (German) - http://www.flugzeugclassic.de/
  • Klassiker (German) - http://shop.flugrevue.de/abo/klassiker-der-luftfahrt
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://boutique.editions-lariviere.fr/site/abonnement-le-fana-de-l-aviation-626-4-6.html
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
  • Osprey (English) - http://www.ospreypublishing.com/
  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/

    Web References: +

  • History of RAF Organisation: http://www.rafweb.org
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

This webpage was updated 6th June 2021

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