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BR640

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BR640 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall.
FF 14-8-42, assigned to 133S 'MD-V' 16-8-42, AST major repair 7-9-42, assigned to 336th FS 22-8-42, Circus to Morlaix Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brittany 26-9-42, pilot P/O Charles A Cook, Jr. POW, SOC.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

People

  • Charles Cook

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, Spartan Aeronautical College, assigned to 133S, transfer to 336th FS, 4th FG 8AF USAAF, shot down 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BR640. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Great Sampford

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in April 1942 as a grass airfield satellite to RAF Debden, Great Sampford had a single Sommerfeld Track runway and four blister hangars. Allocated to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942, it was returned to the RAF in February 1943, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Hucknall, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK 14 August 1942

Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. First flew 14-8-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 August 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 'MD-V' 16-8-42.

Assigned Great Sampford, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10, UK 22 August 1942

Assigned to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, 22-8-42.

Factory for major repair Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 7 September 1942 – 21 September 1942

To Air Service Training for major repair 7-9-42.

Crashed 26 September 1942

Failed To Return from 'Circus' escorting Boston's to Porjeau airfield, Morlaix. Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brittany 26-9-42, pilot P/O Charles A Cook, Jr. POW.

Struck Off Charge SOC Great Sampford, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10, UK 27 September 1942

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:32:10 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 13:54:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 17:42:48 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; National Archives Records Administration (NARA): Wikiperdia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_Operations_Group

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