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3/20/04

Mexico Fought In WWII: 201st Fighter Squadron

Mexico Fought In WWII.

When German U Boats attacked and sank two Mexican ships, Mexico joined the Allies against the Axis in 1942

But, because of inadequate equipment and material, not until 1944 did President Camacho decide to send a Mexican military unit into battle. Under Col. P.A. Antonio Cardenas Rodriguez (1905-1969) the 201st Fighter Squadron was formed.

Squadron 201 was an elite, all-volunteer unit composed of the best military pilots and ground personnel in Mexico, recruited from all branches of the service.

Known as "The Aztec Eagles," the squadron flew P 47 Thunderbolts, powerful and fast, affectionately known by pilots as jugheads, and was assigned to the Pacific Theater. They flew 59 combat missions.

Here are links for information.

  • Military.com
  • US Latinos & Latinas in WWII
  • Misiones: los miembros de la Fuerza Aerea Expedicionaria Mexicana
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