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Eagleson Owen, Pilot Officer

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"Ginger" Eagleson from Auckland, New Zealand, joined No. 486 Squadron in November 1943. As a Warrant Officer gained much success against V-1s during summer 1944. He was then commisioned and was active over North-West Europe until practically the end of the war. He was awarded a DFC, gazetted on 8 December 1944. 

On 2 May 1945 his Tempest SA-Q (NV722) was hit by FLAK and shot down. He survived and was captured, but at once managed to escape. Aprehended again next day, he escaped for a second time on 4 May, but a few days later the war ended.

In an interview shortly before his death Eagleson talked with a reporter from Napier's Daily Telegraph. He talked about his events of early May 1945. Possible to read in the book "Victory" by Max Lambert or here!

 

Owen "Ginger" Eagleson died on 30 October 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Owen Eagleson descend from the cockpit of Tempest SA-G (JN854). Eagleson did shot down one of his 23 V-1s (incl 3 shares) in this Tempest on 28 June 1944.

 

Eagleson's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No. Location of Claim Unit Note
18 June1944 V-1 SA-Z (JN811) Tonbridge 486 Sqn  
18 June 1944 V-1 SA-R (JN804) 5-10 m N Newchurch 486 Sqn  
18 June 1944 V-1 SA-R (JN804) S Rye 486 Sqn  
23 June 1944 V-1 SA-T (JN794) Uxbridge - E Hoathley 486 Sqn  
23 June 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-T (JN794) 20m N Beachy Head 486 Sqn  
27 June 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-T (JN794) 6m N Hastings 486 Sqn  
28 June 1944 V-1 SA-S (JN859) N Hastings 486 Sqn  
28 June 1944 V-1 SA-G (JN854) S Sevenoaks 486 Sqn  
3 July 1944 V-1 SA-W (JN873) 6m N Rye 486 Sqn  
4 July 1944 V-1 SA-S (EJ537) W Dungeness 486 Sqn  
6 July 1944 V-1 SA-W (JN873) N Hastings 486 Sqn  
7 July 1944 V-1 SA-Q (EJ627) Newchurch 486 Sqn  
7 July 1944 V-1 SA-W (JN873) 3m W Dungeness 486 Sqn  
12 July 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-Q (EJ527) Dover 486 Sqn  
14 July 1944 V-1 SA-X (EJ523) N Eastbourne 486 Sqn  
27 July 1944 V-1 SA-Z (EJ586) 20 m N Ashford 486 Sqn  
3 August 1944 V-1 SA-N (JN808) N Bexhill 486 Sqn  
3 August 1944 V-1 SA-N (JN808) 20 m S Newchurch 486 Sqn  
4 August 1944 V-1 SA-P (EJ528) 10m N Hastings 486 Sqn   
15 August 1944 V-1 SA-T (EJ635) 15n MW Newchurch  486 Sqn  
16 August 1944 V-1 SA-T (EJ635) NNE Rye 486 Sqn   
16 August 1944 V-1 SA-T (EJ635)  5-6m S Maidstone 486 Sqn   
16 August 1944 V-1 SA-T (EJ635)  Ashford 486 Sqn  
19 November 1944 1/2 Me262 SA-Z (EJ828) Rheine  486 Sqn  Probable on ground
28 April 1945 1/2 Ju352 SA-V (SN136) W Plon 486 Sqn   
29 April 1945 Fw190F SA-N (SN176) Lauenburg area 486 Sqn  
29 April 1945 Fw190F SA-N (SN176) Lauenburg area 486 Sqn Damaged
2 May 1945 Fw44 SA-Q (NV722) SE Schwerin 486 Sqn   
2 May 1945  Fi156 SA-Q (NV722) SE Schwerin 486 Sqn  On ground

 

Sources:
Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores
Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 by Chris Thomas