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Airmen of Greek Origin Who Flew during WWII


Royal Air Force
NAME                           VICTORIES                      AIRFORCE  UNITS

Plagis, John Agorastos            17   [15+2 - 2+2 - 6+1]     RAF       249, 185, 64, 126 FS
Vassiliades, Brasilios Michael    10   [ 8+2 - 1   - 1  ]     RAF       19, 3 FS

Demetriadi, Richard S.             1   [ 1   - 0   - 0  ]     RAF       601 FS
Soufrillas, D.                     1   [ 0+1 - 0   - 1  ]     RAF/RHAF  335, 336 FS
Tsotsos, G.                        1   [ 0+1 - 0   - 0  ]     RAF/RHAF  336 FS
Anaghnostopoulos                   0   [ 0   - 0   - 1  ]     RAF/RHAF  335 FS
Hadjioannou, E.                    0   [ 0   - 0   - 1  ]     RAF/RHAF  335 FS
Comments:
RHAF : Royal Hellenic Air Force
RAF : Royal Air Force
[x-y-z] : [confirmed-probable-damaged]
 

1) 601st Fighter Squadron - RAF
2) 249th, 185th, 64th & 126th Fighter Squadron - RAF
3) 19th & 3rd Fighter Squadron - RAF
4) 335th Fighter Squadron - RAF (335 Mira - Royal Hellenic Air Force)
4) 336th Fighter Squadron - RAF (336 Mira - Royal Hellenic Air Force)

336th Fighter Squadron - RAF (336 Mira - Royal Hellenic Air Force) was formed on 25 February 1943 at Landing Ground 219 in the Western Desert, as the second Greek fighter squadron in the Desert Air Force. 336th RHAF Squadron wasn't just a foreign maned squadron, but a full established air force under the command of RAF. It was employed on shipping protection and air defence duties off the Libyan coast until September 1944, when the squadron moved to Italy with No.335. After flying sweeps over the Balkans, both squadrons moved to Greece for attacks on German-held islands in the Aegean. In May 1945, No.336 moved to Salonika, where it was disbanded on 31 July 1946.

John Agorastos Plagis
John Agorastos Plagis
Γιάννης Αγοραστός Πλαγής

Supermarine Spitfire Mk V b Trop BR329 flown by Flight Lieutenant Johnny Plagis of 185 Squadron from Kendri in June 1942.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop BR329 flown by Flight Lieutenant Johnny Plagis of 185 Squadron from Kendri in June 1942.

Spitfire Mk.IX
Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk.IXC, ML214, 5J○K, No. 126 Fighter Squadron "Persian Gulf", July 1944, Pilot S/Ldr John A. Plagis, DSO, DFC.

Basilios Michael Vassiliadis
Basilios Michael Vassiliadis
Μιχάλης Βασιλειάδης

Mustang Mk.III, FB201, QV○D, 19th Fighter Squadron, Pilot Basilios Michael Vassiliadis.
Mustang Mk.III, FB201, QV○D, 19th Fighter Squadron, Pilot Basilios Michael Vassiliadis.

Mustang Mk.II, FB116, QV○V, 19th Fighter Squadron, Pilot Basilios Michael Vassiliadis.
Mustang Mk.II, FB116, QV○V, 19th Fighter Squadron, Pilot Basilios Michael Vassiliadis.

Hawker Tempest Mk.V, EJ660, JF○E, 3rd Fighter Squadron, Pilot Basilios Michael Vassiliadis.
Hawker Tempest Mk.V, EJ660, JF○E, 3rd Fighter Squadron, Pilot Basilios Michael Vassiliadis.

Richard Stephen Demetriadi
Richard Stephen Demetriadi

Hawker Hurricane Mk.II
A Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC of 336 Squadron Royal Hellenic Air Force
in the Western Desert, 1943.

Hawker Hurricane Mk.II
A Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB of 335 Squadron Royal Hellenic Air Force
taxiing in the desert, in 1942.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB of 336 Squadron Royal Hellenic Air Force,
in North Africa , 1944.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V
Another Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB of 336 Squadron Royal Hellenic Air Force,
this time in Italy, 1944.

F/Lt Tsotsos and Lt Soufrillas

On 21 April 1944, 50 miles south of Siddi Barrani, Pilot Officer G. Tsotsos flying Spitfire Mk.Vb LZ807 and Master Sergeant D. Soufrillas flying Spitfire Mk.Vc JL352, shot down shared Ju-88. Both Pilots were from 336th Fighter Squadron - RAF (336 Mira - Royal Hellenic Air Force). The photo is of them as they were congratulated upon their leading by 336 Mira Co Sq. Leader K. Margaritis.


Much information kindly provided by Dimitrios Vassilopoulos and Nicholas Tselepidis.

Sources & Literature
  1. Researcher Miro Mariaš.
  2. Researcher Kiriakos Paloulian
  3. Researcher Nicholas Tselepidis.
  4. Researcher Dimitrios Vassilopoulos.
  5. Caygill, P.: Spitfire Mk.I-V, edice Bojové legendy, Nakladatelství Jan Vašut, Praha 2004.
  6. Cull, B.: 249. stíhací peruť /249 At War, The Authorized History of the RAF's Top-Scoring Fighter Squadron of WWII/, Naše vojsko, Praha 2003.
  7. Ehrengardt, Ch.-J.: 122 Wing.
  8. Olynyk, Frank J.: Royal Air Force 300 Series Squadrons Credits for the Destruction of Enemy Aircraft in Air-to-Air Combat World War 2, Victory List No. 8, Published by the Author, Aurora, June 1990.
  9. Paloulian, K.: Greeks in Foreighn Cockpit Part B (Fighter Pilots RAF), War & History magazine, July - August 2001.
  10. Paloulian, K.: Greeks in Foreighn Cockpit Part C (Bombardiers in RAF & USAAF), War & History magazine, September 2001.
  11. Paloulian, K.: Greeks in Foreighn Cockpit Part D (Fighter Pilots RAF & Supplament for USAAF), War & History magazine, December 2001.
  12. Ramsey, W.G.: The Battle of Britain Then And Now, After The Battle Publication, London 2000.
  13. Shores, Ch. - Williams, C.: Aces High (A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces in WWII), Grub Street, London 1994.
  14. Shores, Ch.: Aces High, Volume 2 (A Further Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces in WWII), Grub Street, London 1999.
  15. Shores, Ch. - Cull, B. - Malizia, N.: Malta: The Spitfire Year, 1942, Grub Street, London 1991.
  16. Shores, Christopher - Thomas, Chris: 2nd Tactical Air Force, Volume Two, From Breakout To Bodenplatte July 1944 to January 1945, Classic Publications, 2005.
  17. Shores, Christopher - Thomas, Chris: 2nd Tactical Air Force, Volume Three, From the Rhine to Victory January to July 1945, Classic Publications, 2006.
  18. Thomas, Andrew: RAF Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces, Aircraft of the Aces 93, Osprey Publishing, April 2010.
  19. Townshend-Bickers, R.: The Battle of Britain, Salamander Books 1990. (kindly provided by Dimitrios Vassilopoulos)
  20. Wynn, K.G.: Men of the Battle of Britain, 60th Anniversary Edition: a who was who of the pilots and aircrew, British, Commonwealth and Allied, who flew with Royal Air Force Fighter Command July 10 to October 31, 1940, CCB Aviation Books, 1999.
  21. Aces of World War II, http://www.acesofww2.com/.
  22. Ciel De Gloire - Histoire des As de L Aviation de 1914 a nos jours, http://www.cieldegloire.com/.
  23. Gleize, Jean-Paul: Aces, http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/homeaces.htm.
  24. John Agorastos Plagis, http://www.frenkenstein.com/ww2/rhodesia/Plagis.htm. [out of order]
  25. Magnus, Allan: Air Aces Home Page, http://users.accesscomm.ca/magnusfamily/airaces1.htm.
  26. Mansolas, Yiannis - Mansolas, Angelos: Greeks In Spitfires, A short story for the Greek pilots and their Spitfires 1942-49, http://imansolas.freeservers.com/Aces/Greeks in Spitfires.html.
  27. Mansolas, Yiannis - Mansolas, Angelos: John Plagis: The Greek Ace of Rhodesia , http://imansolas.freeservers.com/Aces/John_Plagis_en.html.
  28. Mansolas, Yiannis - Mansolas, Angelos: Vassiliades Vassilios: The unknown greek air ace, http://imansolas.freeservers.com/Aces/Vassiliades Vassilios.html.
  29. Vassilios (Michael) "Vass" Vassiliades, http://www.frenkenstein.com/ww2/greece/Vass/Vass.htm. [out of order]

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