Army & Navy: New Wings for Eagles

Eighty-odd men shucked the blue-grey uniforms of Britain's R.A.F. last week and put on khaki. The Eagle Squadrons had ended their history with the R.A.F. They would fly henceforth wearing the wings of the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Thus ended a swashbuckling story which began two years ago when big, hearty Colonel Charles Sweeny, soldier of for tune, organized the group. There were 34 of them — U.S. boys who wanted to fight for reasons ranging from pure idealism to "just for the hell of it." The youngest was 20, the oldest 35.

They became Squadron 71 in Britain's air force. Colonel Sweeny,...

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