Sweet Revenge

A Brief History

334th Fighter Squadron

The 334th was constituted by War Department letter on August 22, 1942, and activated at Bushey Hall, England, on September 12, along with its sister squadrons, the 335th and 336th. The three Eagle squadrons, formerly composed of american volunteers in the Royal Air Force, were assigned to the 4th Fighter Group - the first Army Air Corps unit activated in the European Theater during World War II - and were based at Debden airfield, Essex, England. As former members of RAF 71st Squadron, the 334th fighting Eagles continued to fly British Spitfires until the arrival of the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft in 1943. About a year later the squadron changed to the P-51 Mustang, which served as the primary aircraft for the remainder of the war. The 334th led its sister squadrons in air battle accomplishments against the German Luftwaffe, with 395 kills - 210 in the air and 185 on the ground.

 

Specifications

Engine
Packard-Merlin V-1650-7 12 cylinder
1490hp on take-off
1720hp at max War Emergency setting.

Weight
9,450 lbs.

Dimensions
Wingspan: 37'0"
Length: 32'3"
Height: 8'8"

Armament
6 - .50 Caliber machine guns