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PL-866

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire PL866 PR Mk XI, Built at Aldermaston.
Delivered to No 6 MU 8-7-44, assigned to 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF USAAF 10-7-44,
FA Cat 3 damage 15-1-45. On escorted recon mission to photograph oil refineries at Leipzig/Dresden, was hit by AA and lost engine on fourth run at 10,000ft, bailed out and taken POW, escort was from 362nd FG. 14-2-45. MACR 12324. The pilot of PL866 on 14-2-45 was future 4 star general Robert J Dixon. SOC.

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...

  • 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

People

  • John Blyth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    31 October 1943 in F-5A#212322 forced to return to base due to equipment problems and haze. Attempting to land at RAF Thame, did not stop in time and had accident.

  • Robert Dixon

    Military | Lieutenant General | Pilot / 14th PRS C/O | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Served in 3 wars: WW II, Korean and Vietnam ...

  • Irving Rawlings

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Missions

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 Aldermaston, Reading, West Berkshire RG7, UK July 1944

Built at Aldermaston.

Delivered 8 July 1944

Delivered to No 6 MU 8-7-44

Assigned Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 10 July 1944

To 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF USAAF

Crashed King's Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8, UK 15 January 1945

Landing accident, Cat 3 damage, King's Cliffe/Sta 367, pilot Lt Irving L Rawlings.

Struck Off Charge SOC Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 14 February 1945

Struck Off Charge 14-2-45.

Crashed Merseburg, Germany 14 February 1945

On escorted recon mission to photograph oil refineries at Leipzig/Dresden, was hit by AA and lost engine on fourth run at 10,000ft, bailed out and taken POW, escort was from 362nd FG. MACR 12324. The pilot of PL866 on 14-2-45 was future 4 star general Robert J Dixon.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 13:00:10 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=PL866&Submit6=Go MACR bare bones.
http://www.fold3.com/image/28678867/ MACR Details.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 11:17:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer and events
Sources

Spitfirepilot.com

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

MACR 12324 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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