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San Miguel de Cozumel in Municipality of San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force

 
 
Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
1. Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force Marker
Inscription.
Reconocimiento del Pueblo de Cozumel
A la heroica participación de la “Fuerza Aérea Expedicionaria Mexicana Escuadrón 201”, también conocida como “Águilas Aztecas”, en misiones de combate durante la II Guerra Mundial en defensa de la libertad del mundo y del honor de México.

Combatieron en aviones caza P-47 “Thunderbolt” contra las Fuerzas Armadas Imperiales Japonesas, por la liberación de las Filipinas, encuadrados en el 58º Grupo de Caza, del 5º Comando de Caza de la V Fuerza Aérea Norteamericana, en el año de 1945. Retornaron a la patria el 18 de Noviembre del mismo año.

Avión, North American T-28 “Trojan”, de entrenamiento táctico empleado por el Escuadrón Aéreo 201 desde 1961 hasta 1980 en esta Isla de Cozumel, decorado con el emblema original utilizado en Las Filipinas: “Pancho Pistolas”.

English:
Cozumel’s Community Recognition
For the heroic participation of the “Mexican Expeditionary Force 201st.” Fighter Squadron also known as the “Aztec 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
Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
2. Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force Marker
The marker can be seen to the left, in front of the T-28 Trojan.
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 of 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 decorated with the original emblem used in the Philippine Islands: “Pancho Pistolas”.

Perdieron la Vida: · Dead in Combat:
Cap. 2/o. P. A. Pablo Luis Rivas Martínez · Tte. P. A. José Espinoza Fuentes · Tte. P. A. Héctor Galván · Sbtte. P. A. Mario López Portillo · Sbtte. P. A. Fausto Vega Santander.

Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 18 de noviembre de 2007.

 
Erected 2007 by Fuerza Aérea Mexicana.
 
Location. 20° 31.266′ N, 86° 56.582′ W. Marker is in San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo, in Municipality of San Miguel de Cozumel. Marker is on Avenida Rafael E. Melgar, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is in an area of memorials directly outside of the entrance to the Mexican Military Air Base #4 in Cozumel. Marker is in this post office area: San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo 77609, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Detail of the 201st Squadron "Pancho Pistolas" emblem image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
3. Detail of the 201st Squadron "Pancho Pistolas" emblem
are within walking distance of this marker. Lockheed T-33. (within shouting distance of this marker); North American T-28A Trojan (within shouting distance of this marker); Mexican Air Force Expeditionary Squadron 201 Memorial (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel (about 150 meters away); Monument to Gonzálo Guerrero (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Benito Juárez García (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); The First Mass Celebrated in Mexico (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Cozumel's Tribute to the Defenders of the Nation (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Miguel de Cozumel.
 
Regarding Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force. The 201st Squadron is the only Mexican Armed Forces unit to have fought outside of Mexican territory in the country's history. The unit was formed after Mexico officially declared war against the Axis powers due to Nazi submarine sinking of Mexican oil tankers in and around the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Additional marker to the right of the featured marker. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
4. Additional marker to the right of the featured marker.
This additional marker, indicating that the monument was dedicated by Brigadier General Eduardo Aldasoro Suarez in 2008 reads:
Base Aerea Militar Numero 4
General Brigadier F.A.P.A
Eduardo Aldasoro Suarez
Cozumel Q, Roo. Febrero del 2008
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 160 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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