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BM635

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BM635 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 8 MU 7-5-42, 309th FS 31st FG, 12th AF High Ercall 21-6-42, FA CatB 20-7-42, ROS, assigned to 65S 2-12-42, to DeH 1-11-43, assigned to 345S 6-44, transferred to 61 OTU 23-9-44, SOC major repair 13-2-45.

Service

Units

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 67th Observation Group
  • 309th Fighter Squadron

Places

  • High Ercall

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1939-41 for the RAF, as a combined fighter station and Maintenance Unit base, High Ercall had three tarmac runways, 23 hardstandings, two T2 hangars and 24 other hangars of various types. Occupied by the RAF from October 1940, it was...

  • Membury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training base, Membury was built during 1942, and then upgraded in 1943 after allocation to the USAAF as a reconnaissance or transport base, with maintenance and repair depot facilities. It had eventually three concrete...

  • Westhampnett

    Military site : airfield
    Acquired in 1938 as an Emergency Landing Ground for RAF Tangmere, Westhampnett was upgraded to satellite status in 1940. It had eventually three grass runways, 19 pan hardstandings, 32 small pens, and one T1 plus eight over-blister hangars. Occupied by...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK May 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Little Rissington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54, UK 7 May 1942

Delivered to No 8 MU 7-5-42.

Assigned High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 21 June 1942

Assigned to 309th Ftr Sq, 31st FG, 12th AF, pilot Lt Norm Thompson.

Crashed High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 29 June 1942

Taxiing accident, High Ercall, Shropshire, Cat 3, pilot 2nd Lt Dale E Shafer Jr, 29-6-42.

Crashed High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 20 July 1942

Flying accident Cat B damage 20-7-42.

Repair On Site ROS High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 21 July 1942 – 1 December 1942

Repair On Site.

Crashed Membury House, Membury, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2HH, UK 2 November 1942

Landing accident, RAF Membury, Berkshire, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Gordon H Woodrow, 12th OS 67th OG. 2-11-42.

Assigned Drem, North Berwick, East Lothian EH39, UK 2 December 1942

Assigned to RAF, 65 Sqn.

To de Havilland Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK 1 November 1943

To de Havilland propellor trials ? 1-11-43.

Assigned June 1944

Assigned to 345 Sqn RAF. Pilot Flight Commander Gaston Guizard. Coded 2Y-H.

Transferred 23 September 1944

Transferred to 61 Operational Training Unit [OTU].

Struck Off Charge SOC 13 February 1945

SOC 13/2/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 15:14:54 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BM-635&Submit4=Go
Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45 by Andrew Thomas.

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 14:49:52 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2015 18:06:34 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942 By Donald Nijboer, Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
http://www.fold3.com/image/1/32444516/ USAAF Photo.

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