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PA851

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire PA851 PR Mk XI, construction #4986, Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory.
1st Flew 29-10-43, delivered to RAF Benson 5-11-43, assigned to 22nd PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF, USAAF 28-11-43. Lost 23 Dec 43 - Pilot Capt Steven A Scott made distress call at 10:20 hrs stating that his engine was dead and he was gliding at 15,000 feet. He made his last contact 8 minutes later stating he was at 5,000 feet. An Air-Sea Rescue Walrus aircraft was dispatched. Personnel on board reported seeing an oil slick 10 miles off the coast of Southwold but no sign of pilot. MIA MACR 6387.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

  • 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

People

  • Steven Scott

    Military | Captain | Pilot / Ops officer 22nd Sqn | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Steven Scott was born in Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska on 8 November 1915. He was the fourth of five children born to Hughes W Scott and Grace E Alton. ...

Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    23 December 1943
    3 Spitfires from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despactched on photo recce sorties over NW Germany. 1 Spitfire aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA and another crashlanded upon return, pilot OK, aircraft repaired.

Places

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Chattis Hill, Spitfire Lane, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS, UK October 1943

Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory.

First flew Spitfire Lane, Chattis Hill, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS, UK 29 October 1943

First flew Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory airfield pilot Leif Lundsten 29-10-43.

Assigned Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 28 November 1943

Assigned to 22nd PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF, USAAF 28-11-43.

Crashed 10 miles off Southwold, Suffolk, UK 23 December 1943

Lost 23 Dec 43 - Pilot Capt Steven A Scott made distress call at 10:20 hrs stating that his engine was dead and he was gliding at 15,000 feet. He made his last contact 8 minutes later stating he was at 5,000 feet. An ASR Walrus aircraft was dispatched. Personnel on board reported seeing an oil slick 10 miles off the coast of Southwold but no sign of pilot. MIA MACR 6387

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2015 15:21:52 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.fold3.com/image/28988710/ MACR Details.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=PA851&Submit6=Go MACR bare bones.

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2015 15:19:19 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description and events
Sources

http://www.fold3.com/image/28988710/ MACR Details.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=PA851&Submit6=Go MACR bare bones.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 21:34:49 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6387 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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