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BS447

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BS447 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh.
FF 11-9-42, assigned to 133S 13-9-42, Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brittany 26-9-42 pilot 2nd Lt. Robert E Smith EVD, SOC
This aircraft was originally assigned to 133 Squadron RAf but was transferred to 8th Air Force, 4th Fighter Group, 336 Fighter Squadron on 22-August-1942. The aircraft was flown by 2Lt. Robert E Smith, O-885110 in escort of American bombers attacking the German airfield of Porjeau at Morlaix, France. The aircraft was listed MIA and apparently ran out of fuel and crashed near Morlaix, France. Lt. Smith was able to abandon the aircraft and managed to evade capture returning to England on 18 January 1943. ref. Escape & Evasion Report #7.

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

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    2Lt Robert E. Smith 4FG/336FS was flying a Spitfire IX originally assigned to 133 Squadron RAF but transferred to 4th Fighter Group, 336th Fighter Squadron on 22-August-1942 in escort of American bombers attacking the German airfield of Porjeau at...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK 11 September 1942

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 11-9-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 13-9-42.

Crashed Brest, France 26 September 1942

Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brest Peninsula 26-9-42 pilot 2nd Lt. Robert E Smith EVD.

Struck Off Charge SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 27 September 1942

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:41:04 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2015 14:05:01 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, 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 21:15:57 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) Escape & Evasion Report #7.

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