The Blackwatch Defenders origins
The Blackwatch Defenders started as the idea of a wild and wooly world adventurer, soldier of fortune and all around adventure seeker 'Dash' Dana Kopra. An America of Finnish descent volunteered to aid Finland during the Winter War of 1939 out of familial and national pride. Flying aircraft and doing a bit of ground fighting suited him[ after he lost his sixth plane, he had a great kill to shot down ration of 5:1 but the Finns didn't have a lot of aircraft to go around]. After the winter war treaty he went to the UK to join the Eagle Squadrons.
He'd met Charles Sweeny and was eager to help the war effort against the Germans. Through Sweeny he meets The Black Owl. Between the three of them an idea forms of a colorful group of flyers with a license outside of the Royal military or any military, with the quiet consent of the governments they aid, to fight the evils of the Axis powers. The Blackhawk Defenders were born.
The Black Owl also suggested to Kopra that mystery men and emerging superhumans should be recruited wither they could fly or not. [At the time he meant fly aircraft, since flying superhumans were quite rare at the time]. At the same time the US was working on Operation Rookmaker. With similar goals in mind, the groups worked together and the Blackwatch and Blackhawk Defenders were formed.
The Blackwatch was the larger repository of what would later be called superheroes. Many of whom lacked powers and performed most of the team's work inside the borders of the Axis powers during the war. Later at the initiative of the US government via Operation Junk, the Blackwatch and the Blackhawks would go east, just in time to be there for Pearl Harbor but were only able to thwart their superhuman counterparts.
"Dash" - Dana Kopra
Detroit Titan - Bernie Machewitz*
Ares - Greek god of war *
Black Owl - unknown
Red Hawk - Patsy Pauline Perwinkle #
'Toy' - Terry Willaims Jr #
'Chop' - Wu Ping
'Le Blanc' - Andre Blanc #
The Frightener - Susan -last name unknown-
'Frogman' - Peter Perot
#killed in action