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P7965

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire P7965 Mk IIa, Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Deliver to 45 MU 5-2-41, assigned to 72 Sqn 24-4-41, 74 Sqn 9-7-41, Flying accident Cat B damage 17-9-41, to Air Service Training Converted to Mk Va Merlin 45, 2 USAAF 6-8-42, 5 USAAF 22-8-42, 332 Sqn 8-11-42, LAC Cat 3 damage 12-3-43, Repair on Site ROS 24-3-43, 9 MU 6-11-44, SOC 19-7-45.

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. ...

  • 6th Fighter Wing
  • 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...

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

  • 2nd Photographic Technical Squadron

People

  • William Brite

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, Transferred to 6th Fighter Wing 12-42 Fighter instructor, 27 APR 43 MIA/ FOD .

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 Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK January 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered RAF Kinloss, Forres, Morayshire IV36 3UH, UK 5 February 1941

Delivered to No 45 MU 5-2-41.

Assigned Acklington, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65, UK 24 April 1941

Assigned to 72 Sqn 24-4-41.

Transferred London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 9 July 1941

Transferred to 74 Sqn 9-7-41.

Damaged London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 17 September 1941

Flying accident Cat B 17-9-41.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 18 September 1941

To Air Service Training Converted to Mk Va Merlin 45.

Assigned 6 August 1942

Assigned to 2 USAAF 2nd PS 52nd PG 8th AF 6-8-42.

Transferred 22 August 1942

Transferred to 5 USAAF 2nd FS 52nd PG 8th AF 22-8-42.

Transferred North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 8 November 1942

Transferred to 332 Sqn 8-11-42.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 12 March 1943

Landing accident at Atcham/Sta 342, ENG, 12-3-43, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt William O Brite, 6th FW, 8th AF.

Repaired ROS North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 24 March 1943

Repair on Site ROS 24-3-43.

Transferred Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 6 November 1944

Transferred to No 9 MU 6-11-44.

Struck On Charge SOC Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 19 July 1945

Struck On Charge 19-7-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2015 20:07:05 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=P7965 Accident record.

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2015 17:36:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events and unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:54:47 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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