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P7308

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa P7308, built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to 24MU 30-7-40, Assigned to 74 Sqn 10-9-40, transferred to 54 Sqn 22-5-41, transferred to 308 Sqn 12-6-41, transferred to 71 [Eagle] Sqn coded 'XR-D' 20-8-41, Damaged Cat CB on ops 27-8-41, sent to Air Service Training, Converted to Mk Va 1-9-41, assigned to 133 Sqn 1-4-42, transferred to 421 Sqn 16-4-42, transferred to 164 Sqn 17-5-42, transferred to 61 Sqn 10-9-42, transferred to 61 OTU 21-7-43.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 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

  • William Dunn

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 406th Fighter Group
    Bill Dunn was born on November 16, 1916, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 19, 1934, and served as an infantryman until receiving an honorable discharge on November 22, 1935. Dunn enlisted in the Canadian Army on...

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.

  • 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 July 1940

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Ternhill, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9, UK 30 July 1940

Delivered to 24 MU 30-7-40.

Assigned Coltishall, Norwich, Norfolk NR12, UK 10 September 1940

Assigned to 74 Sqn 10-9-40.

Transferred Hornchurch, Greater London, UK 22 May 1941

Transferred to 54 Sqn 22-5-41.

Transferred Speke, Merseyside, UK 12 June 1941

Transferred to 308 [Polish] Sqn 12-6-41.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 August 1941

Transferred to 71 [Eagle] Sqn coded 'XR-D' 20-8-41.

Damaged in action North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 27 August 1941

Damaged Cat CB whilst on ops 27-8-41. P/O William R Dunn was badly wounded in this aircraft, but managed to get himself and his crippled bird back to North Weald.

Returned to Factory Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire, UK 1 September 1941

To Air Service Training E, Converted to Mk Va Spec 1-9-41.

Assigned London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 1 April 1942

Assigned to 133 Sqn 1-4-42.

Transferred RAF DIgby, Digby, Lincoln LN4 3LH, UK 16 April 1942

Transferred to 421 Sqn 16-4-42.

Transferred Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, UK 17 May 1942

Transferred to 164 Sqn 17-5-42.

Transferred Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, UK 10 September 1942

Transferred to 602 Sqn 10-9-42.

Transferred Handforth, Cheshire East, UK 21 July 1943

Transferred to 61 OTU 21-7-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 10:29:30 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire production list.

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 21:33:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire production list.

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