Skip to main content
Edit entry 

W3899

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3899 Mk Vb, Const # 2098, Built at Eastleigh. LFLRVb
FF 17-9-41, delivered to No 33 MU 19-9-41, assigned to 401S 28-9-41, to Phillips & Powis South Marston 4-11-41, assigned to 154S 1-7-42, transferred to 121S 18-7-42, Cat AC on Op's 21-7-42, ROS, assigned to 335 USAAF 1-10-42, VASM 9-6-43 fuel syst elev and rud mods wing stiff, assigned to 350S 9-10-43, Flying accident Cat AC 6-1-44, ROS, assigned to 322S 1-2-44, AST 30-5-44, transferred to Armee de l'Air 19-1-45.

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. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • 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 17 September 1941

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 17-9-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered Royal Air Force, Raf Station Lyneham, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 4PZ, UK 19 September 1941

Delivered to No 33 MU 19-9-41.

Assigned RAF DIgby, Digby, Lincoln LN4 3LH, UK 28 September 1941

Assigned to 401 Sqn (RCAF) 28-9-41.

To Factory for repair South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 4 November 1941

To Phillips & Powis South Marston for repair 4-11-41.

Assigned Hornchurch, Greater London, UK 1 July 1942

Assigned to 154 Sqn 1-7-42.

Transferred North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 18 July 1942

Transferred to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 18-7-42.

Combat damage North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 21 July 1942

Cat AC damaged on Op's 21-7-42.

Repaired On Site ROS North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 22 July 1942 – 30 September 1942

Repaired On Site 22-7-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 October 1942

Assigned to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF 1-10-42.

To Factory for Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 9 June 1943

To Vickers Armstrong South Marston, 9-6-43, fuel system mod, elevator and rudder mods, wing stiffening.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 9 October 1943

Assigned to 350 Sqn (Belgium), MN-V, 9-10-43.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 6 January 1944

Flying accident Cat AC 6-1-44.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 7 January 1944 – 31 January 1944

Repair On Site. 7-1-44.

Assigned Woodvale, Southport, Southport, Merseyside PR8, UK 1 February 1944

Assigned to 322 Sqn (Dutch) 1-2-44.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 30 May 1944

To Air Service Training 30-5-44.

Transferred France 19 January 1945

Transferred to Armee de l'Air 19-1-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:09:35 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 21:40:40 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 21:38:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Share