Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Fourth Mission of the Day-- Part 2: Donald J.M. Bleakeslee
Among the many RAF units flying that day were three "Eagle" squadrons made up of American airmen flying MK VB Spitfires. One of the three was the 133 Eagle Squadron, led by Flight Lieutenant Donald J.M. Blakeslee from Fairport Harbor, Ohio. He alone is credited with shooting down one FW190 and one DO-217, as well as two FW190 probables in a gallant attempt to protect the Allied troops below.
Blakeslee also has the distinction of being the only "Eagle" commanding officer to complete all four missions that day.