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W3957

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3957 Mk Vb, Const #2142, Built at High Post.
FF 29-9-41, delivered to No 38 MU 1-10-41, assigned to 71S 20-10-41, Ground Accident 6-6-42, ROS, assigned to 129S 19-8-42, transferred to 602S 29-11-42, transferred to 66S 19-2-43, transferred to 234S 12-5-43, transferred to 312S 29-6-43, transferred to 118S 13-3-44, transferred to 611S 3-10-44, transferred to Armee de l'Air 29-1-45, assigned to GC2/18.

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

  • Oscar Coen

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander | 356th Fighter Group
    Oscar Coen was born in Wallum, North Dakota on 11 May 1917. He spent his boyhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a bachelor of science degree. ...

  • 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 High Post, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4, UK 29 September 1941

Built at High Post. First flew 29-9-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered Royal Air Force, Saint Athan, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 4WA, UK 1 October 1941

Delivered to No 38 MU 1-10-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 October 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 20-10-41.

Damaged E/A Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK 17 February 1942

Damaged 1 x Dornier 217, 10 miles E of Felixstowe, pilot P/O Oscar H Coen.

Damaged E/A Guînes, France 14 April 1942

Damaged 1 x FW190, Guines, pilot P/O Micheal G H McPharlin.

Damaged E/A Blankenberge, Belgium 1 June 1942

Flying as 'White 2' and providing top cover for 'Circus 178', Sgt Morgan 71 Sqn claimed a FW190 damaged Nr Blankenberge.

Damaged Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 6 June 1942

Ground Accident 6-6-42.

ROS 7 June 1942 – 18 August 1942

ROS

Assigned 19 August 1942

Assigned to 129 Sqn 19-8-42.

Transferred 29 November 1942

Transferred to 602 Sqn 29-11-42

Transferred 19 February 1943

Transferred to 66 Sqn 19-2-43.

Transferred 12 May 1943

Transferred to 234 Sqn 12-5-43.

Transferred 29 June 1943

Transferred to 312 Sqn 29-6-43.

Transferred 13 March 1944

Transferred to 118 Sqn 13-3-44.

Transferred 3 October 1944

Transferred to 611 Sqn 3-10-44.

Transferred France 29 January 1945

Transferred to Armee de l'Air 29-1-45.

Assigned 31 January 1945

Assigned to Group de Chasse 2/18.

Crashed Lesparre-Médoc, France 18 April 1945

Downed by AA, pilot Sgt Pil Boot G/C 2/18 FAF baled out and recovered to unit. 18-4-45. A/C crashed St Trelody 1 Km Sth Lesparre Medoc, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:10:58 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_coen_o_h.php Oscar Coen claim details.
http://rafabelgianbranch.yolasite.com/resources/Circus%20178%20-%20Bobby... 1 Jun 42 combat claim.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2
By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2015 16:01:11 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_coen_o_h.php Oscar Coen claim details.
http://rafabelgianbranch.yolasite.com/resources/Circus%20178%20-%20Bobby... 1 Jun 42 combat claim.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2
By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2015 15:57:26 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.cieldegloire.com/014_coen_o_h.php Oscar Coen claim details.

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