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George Carpenter (pilot) Spitfire Mk Vb pilot George Carpenter No 121 Squadron RAF Eagle

George Carpenter (1917–2005) was an American pilot who was born in Townville, Pennsylvania and grew up in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1941 but was rejected from flight training because of a reaction to an inoculation. He left the US Army and by Christmas 1941 he had earned his wings in the RCAF. He shipped out to England and was assigned to No. 121 Squadron RAF. He remained with the unit after it was absorbed into the USAAF as a member of 335th Fighter Squadron. He was Squadron Operations Officer from December 1943 until becoming CO of 335 Sq on February 5, 1944.

On 18 April 1944, he was shot down by enemy fighters over Germany. He bailed out and was made a POW. He is credited with 13.883 aerial victories, all but one scored with the P-51B between 16 March and 12 April 1944. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with five Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

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