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W3763

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3763 Mk Vb, Const # 1950 Built at Eastleigh.
FF 13-8-41, 37MU 15-8-41, 71S 10-9-41, Presentation Spitfire named 'Thane of Fife', FTR Missing from bomber escort [Circus 95] pilot P/O William Dodd Geiger Jr, ditched English channel, POW, 17-9-41.

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...

People

  • William Geiger

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | fighter pilot
    Bill Geiger Jr. was captain of the fencing and ski teams at Pasadena City College, in California, at the time he heard about the Eagles. " I had an Olympic coach in fencing and was trying to work up to a spot on the Olympic team, when I decided I would...

Places

  • 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 Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK 13 August 1941

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 13-8-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered Burtonwood, Warrington, UK 15 August 1941

Delivered to No 37 MU 15-8-41.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 10 September 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 10-9-41.

Presentation Spitfire Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 10 September 1941

Presentation Spitfire named 'Thane of Fife'.

Crashed English Channel 17 September 1941

Failed To Return, missing from bomber escort [Circus 95] pilot P/O William Dodd Geiger Jr[Pasadena, CA], ditched English channel. POW. 17-9-41.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:00:31 Al_Skiff Changes to description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2015 22:22:56 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Presentation List.

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