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AB941

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB941, Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 38 MU 3-9-41, assigned to 308S 9-9-41, to Air Service Training 30-10-41, assigned to 71S 15-3-42, transferred to 334th USAAF 1-10-42.

Spitfire AB941 4FG/334FS was one of 22 despatched to escort and RAF operation, Circus 256, of 12 Venturas. The aircraft was hit by flak and ditched 3 1/2 miles off the North Foreland coast and the pilot was rescued. The pilot, 2Lt Robert A. Boock was Killed in Action on 18-May-1943 in P-47 41-6405, 4FG/334FS.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

People

  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26-Jan-43 Return To Duty RTD. On 6-Apr-43, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North Foreland, UK....

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 256

    26 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 22 Spitfires to escort RAF Venturas on Circus 256. Exact targets not determined but certainly targets near the Channel coast of France. 1 Spitfire is lost in the sea due to mechanical failure, but the pilot is rescued.

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...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK August 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Llandow, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71, UK 3 September 1941

Delivered to No 38 MU 3-9-41.

Assigned Northolt, Greater London, UK 9 September 1941

Assigned to 308 (City of Kraków) Polish Sqn 9-9-41.

E/A Probable Kill Le Touquet, France 21 September 1941

Bf109 Probable SW Le Touquet, pilot Fl/Sgt Zielinski, 21-9-41.

E/A Damaged Le Touquet, France 21 September 1941

Bf109 damaged SW Le Touquet, pilot Fl/Sgt Zielinski, 21-9-41.

E/A Destroyed Le Crotoy, France 27 September 1941

Bf109 destroyed Le Crotoy, pilot Fl/Sgt Stefan Krzyzagórski. 27-9-41.

E/A's Damaged Le Crotoy, France 27 September 1941

2 x Bf109 damaged Le Crotoy, pilot Fl/Sgt Stefan Krzyzagórski. 27-9-41.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 30 October 1941

To Air Service Training for repair 30-10-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 March 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 15-3-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 October 1942

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42.

Crashed Sandettie Bank 26 January 1943

Aircraft hit by AA and ditched three and a half miles off of the North Foreland coast. Pilot F/O Robert A Boock rescued.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:42:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/sq_raf_308.php
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_bo...

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 21:31:35 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/sq_raf_308.php
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_bo...

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 21:31:13 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/sq_raf_308.php
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_bo...

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 21:30:53 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/sq_raf_308.php
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_bo...

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2015 18:37:18 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2015. New entry created based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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