SLC Trib 9 Oct 1940 (Wed) Background

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SLC Trib 9 Oct 1940 (Wed) Background - the Eagle Sqtiadron of U.S. Fliers ——-^•«••*•...
the Eagle Sqtiadron of U.S. Fliers ——-^•«••*• '-m i <."*'? * rfc -w—^ f» "• • M - '' : '.i*- : 'Trijj-''' H *t j* v*' ( '.•*-• = ^ '• •" ' • Defense Defense of Britain LONDON", Oct. 8 CAP)—An all-American fighter squadron soon will take the air in the front line of Britain's defenders, Air Minister Sir Archibald Sinclair announced Tuesday. Wearing the regular R. A. F.' uniform of sky blue, the fliers will be known as the "eagle squadron," with special badges approved approved by King George VI depict* ing a spread-winged eagle sur-. mounted by the letters "E. S." Sir Archibald said the group, ranging from 18-year-old Gregory A. Daymond, who gave his address address as the United States embassy, embassy, London, to 48-year-old Paul J. Haarcn of Monterey, Cal., "joined spontaneously, following the glorious example set in the World war by the Lafayette escadrille." escadrille." Members of the squadron, like * to the return 2Sc. which will form a part of the reg- uar R. A. ,F., will not be required to take an oath of allegiance to the king. Sir Archibald said none but qualified pilots with. at least 250 hours of flying time would be accepted. accepted. If accepted by the unit's recruiting officers at Montreal, Canada, volunteers will be sent to England for training and will be commissioned as officers upon arrival. arrival. In action, the group will be commanded by Squadron Leader William Erwin Gibson Taylor of New York City. Colonel Charles Sweeney, a group captain in the royal air force volunteer reserve, will be honorary commanding officer. officer. The first group of fliers, including including Sweeney of New York City, 1937 British amateur golf champion champion whose name has frequently been linked romantically with Barbara Hutton Haugwitz-Revent- low, are now in England. Some were in France when the French government of Premier Marshal Philippe Petain surrendered; surrendered; ethers have been fighting fighting with R. A. F. units. At least two have shot down German planes. Taylor served with the Fifth fighting squadron of the U. S. N. aircraft carrier Lexington and later flew as a commerciarpilot on a New York-Chicago line. He came to England,in August, 1939. Members of the group include: Paul R. Anderson,. Sacramento, Cal.; Luke E. Allen, Ignacio, Colo.; Charles E. Bateman, .San Gabriel, Cal.; Victor R: Bono, San Francisco, Francisco, Cal.; Paul J. Haaren, Monterey, Monterey, Cal.; Byron F. Kennerly, Pasadena, Pasadena, Cal.; Harry LaGuardia North Ogden, Utah; James L. McGinnis, McGinnis, Hollywood, Cal.; Richard A. Moore, Duncan, Okla.; Edwin E. Orgison, Sacramento, Cal.; Vir gil W. Olson, Boise, Idaho; Ches ley G. Peterson, Santaquin, Utah; Ira Lee Sullivan, Hillsboro, Texas; Dean H. Satterlee, Sacramento, Cal., and Eugene Q. Tobin, Los Angeles, Cal. UP) a

Clipped from The Salt Lake Tribune09 Oct 1940, WedPage 2

The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah)09 Oct 1940, WedPage 2
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