Mexican Expeditionary Force 201st Fighter Squadron Memorial - San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 20° 31.267 W 086° 56.584
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Quick Description: A memorial to the men of the Mexican Expeditionary Force 201st Fighter Squadron who fought and died in the Philippines during World War II is located outside the Mexican Air Force Base in San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico.
Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico
Date Posted: 3/9/2019 6:24:28 AM
Waymark Code: WM106R9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member 3l diesel
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Long Description:

A T-28 "Trojan" tactical training plane and a plaque in front of the Cozumel Air Force Base honors the men of the Mexican Expeditionary Force 201st Fighter Squadron who fought in World War II. The plaque includes the names of five members of the Mexican Air Force who died in combat.

The plaque is inscribed:

COZUMEL COMMUNITY RECOGNITION

FOR THE HEROIC PARTICIPATION OF THE "MEXICAN EXPEDITIONARY
FORCE 201ST" FIGHTER SQUADRON ALSO KNOWN AS THE "AZETC
EAGLES", IN COMBAT MISSIONS DURING THE WORLD WAR II IN
DEFENSE OF THE WORLD FREEDOM AND THE HONOR OF MEXICO.

THESE MEN WERE BATTLING IN FIGHTER PLANES P-47 "THUNDERBOLT"
AGAINST JAPANESE IMPERIAL ARMY FORCES FOR THE PHILIPPINES
LIBERATION AND WERE ATTACHED TO THE 58TH AMERICAN
FIGHTER GROUP OF THE 5TH FIGHTING COMMAND OF THE V AIR
FORCE OF NORTH AMERICA IN 1945. THEY RETURNED TO THEIR
HOMELAND ON NOVEMBER 18TH THE SAME YEAR.

AIRPLANE, NORTH AMERICAN T-28 "TROJAN", WAS USED FOR
TACTICAL TRAINING BY THE SQUADRON 201 FROM 1961-1980 ON
COZUMEL ISLAND, AND WAS USED IN THE PHILIPPINES ISLANDS" PANCHO PISTOLAS".

DEAD IN COMBAT

Cap. 2/o P.A. Pablo Luis Rivas Martinez
Tte P.A. Jose Espinoza Fuentes
Tte. Hector Espinoza Galvan
Sbtte. P.A. Mario Lopez Portillo
Sbtte. Fausto Vega Santander

COZUMEL, QUINANA ROO 18 NOVEMBER DE 2007

Date of Dedication: 11/18/2007

Property Permission: Public

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Location of waymark:
Mexican Air Force Base
Avenida Rafael E. Melgar
San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo Mexico


Commemoration: Mexican Expeditionary Force 201st Fighter Squadron

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