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BL240

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BL240 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 9 MU 1-11-41,assigned to 501S 7-11-41, transferred to 306S 18-5-42, Flying accident Cat AC 17-6-42, ROS, assigned to 133S 29-9-42, transferred to 336th FS 1-10-42, Cat AC on Op's 13-1-43, ROS, Cat E on Op's 12-3-43.. On 12-Mar-43 this aircraft, piloted by 1st Lt Hazen S. Anderson, was despatched with 40 other aircraft from 4th FG to perform a fighter sweep in front of a formation of B-17s attacking the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters near St. Omer, France and pilot was forced to abandon the aircraft and was captured as a Prisoner of War. (POW). No MACR was issued for this loss.

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

  • Hazen Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to RAF, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On Rodeo to St Omer shot down 12 March 1943 in Spitfire VB BL240. Squadron was jumped by FW190s near St. Omer, France. Baled out to be Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Miley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    133[Eagle Sqn RAF. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROL

    12 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 41 Spitfires are despatched to perform fighter sweep along the heavy bomber route to the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville. This is a test for using fighters in a more offensive role rather...

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 Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK October 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 1 November 1941

Delivered to No 9 MU 1-11-41.

Assigned Ibsley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24, UK 7 November 1941

Assigned to 501 Sqn 7-11-41.

Transferred Church Fenton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24, UK 18 May 1942

Transferred to 306 (City of Torun) Polish Sqn 18-5-42.

Crashed Church Fenton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24, UK 17 June 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 17-6-42.

Repair On Site ROS 18 June 1942 – 28 September 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 29 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 29-9-42.

Transferred London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 1 October 1942

Transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF 1-10-42. Pilot Carl H 'Spike' Miley

Combat damage Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 13 January 1943

Cat AC damage on Op's 13-1-43.
Lt. Bishop made a safe forced landing in BL240 at Manston.

Repair On Site ROS Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 14 January 1943 – 11 March 1943

Repair On Site.

Crashed Saint-Omer, France 12 March 1943

Cat E damage on Op's 12-3-43.
Part of fighter sweep to railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France. Shot down by E/A Nr St Omer, pilot bailed and captured POW.
Pilot 1st Lt Hazen S Anderson

Struck Off Charge SOC London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 13 March 1943

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:53:36 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2015 18:22:59 Al_Skiff Changes to markings
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2015 18:21:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 20:12:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Crafted Descrpition based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 12:47:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

USAAF Photo.

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