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BS138

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BS138 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh.
FF 9-8-42, assigned to 133[Eagle] Sqn RAF 11-8-42, Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brittany 26-9-42.
This aircraft was originally assigned to 133 Squadron RAF but transferred to 8th AIr Force, 4th Fighter Group, 336th Fighter Squadron on 22-August 1942. The aircraft was flown by 1Lt Gilbert G. Wright in escort of American bombers attacking the German airfield Porjeau at Morlaix, France. The aircraft was declared MIA and apparently ran out of fuel and crashed near Morlaix, France. P/O Gilbert G Wright was captured as a POW.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Gilbert Wright

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF. Captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) when the aircraft he was flying, Spitfire IX BS138 ran out of fuel and crashed near Morlaix, France while escorting American bombers...

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

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK 9 August 1942

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 9-8-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 August 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 11-8-42.

Crashed Morlaix, France 26 September 1942

Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brittany 26-9-42. Pilot P/O Gilbert G Wright POW.

Struck Off Charge SOC 27 September 1942

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:33:27 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/the-morlaix-show.html

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2015 09:45:04 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/the-morlaix-show.html

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 18:38:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to person associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014 Person Connection within site data.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 18:12:54 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, unit 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) POW database; Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_Operations_Group

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