Talk – US Airmen
Both men were indeed US airmen. H W P (Herb) Hainey hailed from Oregon, and was flying with 613 Squadron of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, then based at Ouston, County Durham. C I (Cecil Iden) Rhodes, from Paoli, Indiana, was a 2nd Lieutenant with the US 93rd Fighter Squadron, based at Goxhill, Lincolnshire. Both men were aged just 23 when they were killed.
However, it is untrue that Hainey and Rhodes were flying together. They died on different days in different aircraft, and both aircraft were single-seaters.