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W3801

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3801 Mk Vb, Const # 1995, Built at Chattis Hill.
FF 23-8-41, delivered to No 39 MU 27-8-41, assigned to 71S 2-9-41, missing from sweep to St.Omer 7-9-41 F/O Eugene Quimby 'Red' Tobin KIA. Crashed near Boulogne, he was victim of a BF-109 from JG26.

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

  • Eugene Tobin

    Military | Flying Officer | Pilot
    Gene Tobin was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 4 January 1917, the son of Ignatius Quimby Tobin and Mary Alicia Tobin. He had two older sisters Helen, and Mary. The Tobin family lived in Salt Lake, where their father was involved in a mining interest,...

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 Chattis Hill, Spitfire Lane, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS, UK 23 August 1941

Built at Chattis Hill. First flew 23-8-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered 27 August 1941

Delivered to No 39 MU 27-8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 September 1941

Assigned to 71 Eagle] Sqn 2-9-41.

Presentation Spitfire Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 September 1941

Presentation Spitfire named 'Popocatapetl I'.

Crashed Boulogne-sur-Mer, France 7 September 1941

Missing from sweep to St.Omer 7-9-41. F/O Eugene Quimby 'Red' Tobin KIA. Crashed near Boulogne, he was victim of a BF-109 from JG26.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:01:47 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 09:12:55 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

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