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W3761

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3761 Mk Vb, Const #1948 Built at Eastleigh.
FF 12-8-41, delivered to No 37 MU 15-8-41, assigned to 315S 31-8-41, combat damage to cockpit and fuel tanks from Bf109's on sweep of French coast, pilot P/O Eugene Fiedorczuk wounded, put A/C into tail spin to play dead and recovered to England, at the coast he ran low on fuel and crash landed, baling out not being an option as the canopy was jammed from Cat 2 damage 24-10-41, transferred to 71S 29-4-42, ran out of fuel while covering Dieppe raid and abandoned over Channel 19-8-42.

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

  • Michael McPharlin

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Michael McPharlin, known as Mike or "Wee Mike" was a P/O on 71 Eagle Squadron RAF. He had joined the RCAF from Hastings, Michigan, and after completing his flying training he transferred into the Royal Air Force. He named his plane "Wee Ginny". He made...

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 12 August 1941

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 12-8-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered Burtonwood, Warrington, UK 15 August 1941

Delivered to No 37 MU 15-8-41.

Assigned RAF Northolt, West End Road, Ruislip, London, Middlesex HA4 6NG, UK 31 August 1941

Assigned to 315 Sqn (City of Deblin) Polish 31-8-41.

Presentation Spitfire 31 August 1941

Presentation Spitfire named 'Blue Nose'.

Combat Damage RAF Northolt, West End Road, Ruislip, London, Middlesex HA4 6NG, UK 24 October 1941

Combat damage to cockpit and fuel tanks from Bf109's on sweep of French coast, pilot P/O Eugene Fiedorczuk wounded, put A/C into tail spin to play dead and recovered to England, at the coast, he ran low on fuel and crash landed, baling out not being an option as the canopy was jammed from Cat 2 damage 24-10-41.

Repaired 25 October 1941 – 28 April 1942

Repaired location unknown.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 29 April 1942

Transferred to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 29-4-42.

Dieppe Raid Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Covered Dieppe raid.

Crashed English Channel 19 August 1942

Ran out of fuel while covering Dieppe raid and abandoned over channel 19-8-42. Pilot F/O M G McPharlin baled out and was rescued.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:04:19 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 11:37:48 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 11:11:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description and events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

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