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W3942

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3942 Mk Vb, Const # 2078 Built at High Post.
FF 11-9-41, delivered to No 43 MU 13-9-41, assigned to 71S 19-9-41, transferred to 111S 5-6-42, transferred to 4PS 52PG 12AF USAAF 13-9-42, Lt Orman F. HARLAN - 0-442152 - 67 Recce Grp USAAF (initially buried Brookwood, repatriated to Texas/USA), crashed 30-5-1943 on Spitfire W3942 at Keevil/ Sta 471, whilst carrying out aerobatics.Cat E damage. SOC 31-5-43.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

  • 67th Observation Group
  • 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

  • Orman Harlan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Killed on a aerobatics training flight in Spitfire VB W3942

Places

  • Eglinton

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1940-41, Eighth Air Force lodger units moved in in 1942. The 52nd Fighter Group and 82nd Fighter Group used the airfield, before the Royal Navy moved in and occupied the base until 1959. Partly closed, it was still used by the...

  • 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 High Post, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4, UK 11 September 1941

Built at High Post. First flew 11-9-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered Pengam Road, Cardiff, Cardiff CF24 2RQ, UK 13 September 1941

Delivered to No 43 MU 13-9-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 19 September 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 19-9-41.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 5 June 1942

Transferred to 111 Sqn 5-6-42.

Transferred Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 13 September 1942

Transferred to 4PS 52PG 12AF USAAF 13-9-42.

Crashed Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14, UK 30 May 1943

Lt Orman F. HARLAN - 0-442152 - 67 Recce Grp USAAF crashed 30-5-43 on Spitfire W3942 at Keevil/ Sta 471, whilst carrying out aerobatics. Cat E damage.

Struck Off Charge SOC Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 31 May 1943

Struck Off Charge 31-5-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:08:22 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:07:53 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=W3942&Submit4=Go Accident record bare bones.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 15:19:07 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=W3942&Submit4=Go Accident record bare bones.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 15:17:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=W3942&Submit4=Go Accident record bare bones.

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