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AB811

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB811 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
delivered to No 9 MU 16-8-41, assigned to 71S 26-8-41, transferred to 403S 31-12-41, Ground accident 25-5-42, assigned to 309FS 31FG 8AF USAAF 8-42, missing off Dieppe 19-8-42. SOC.

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. ...

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 309th Fighter Squadron
  • 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

  • Gregory Daymond

    Military | Major | Squadron Commander
    Born in Great Falls, Montana, in November 1920, Gregory soon became known as Gus, from his middle name Augustus. He grew up in California, and upon graduating from high school he worked in the motion picture industry in various positions. He took...

  • Samuel Junkin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Aircraft sustained battle damage while supporting landings at Dieppe, France 19 August 1942 in Spitfire VB. Aircraft ditched into the English Channel and Lt. Junkin was rescued. Returned to base. Lt. Junkin was credited with an air victory of a German...

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
E/A destroyed Mazingarbe, France 9 April 1941

Destroyed 1 x Bf109F Mazingarbe, 04-09-41, pilot P/O Gregory A 'Gus' Daymond.

Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK July 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 16 August 1941

Delivered to No 9 MU 16-8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 August 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 26-8-41.

Transferred Baginton, Coventry, Warwickshire, UK 31 December 1941

Transferred to 403 Sqn (RCAF) 31-12-41.

Ground accident Baginton, Coventry, Warwickshire, UK 25 May 1942

Ground accident 25-5-42.

Repair On Site ROS Baginton, Coventry, Warwickshire, UK 27 May 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned August 1942

Assigned to 309 FS, 31FG. 8-42.

Crashed Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Missing off Dieppe. Shoot down and bail out, lost in combat in Dieppe area. 19-8-42. Pilot P/O Samuel F Junkin Jr. ASR rescue, RTD.

Struck Off Charge SOC 20 August 1942

Struck Off Charge. 20-8-42.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:19:52 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_daymond_g_a.php 'Gus' Daymond victory claim.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-34932.html P/O Samuel F Junkin Jr Dieppe shoot down.

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 21:08:25 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_daymond_g_a.php 'Gus' Daymond victory claim.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-34932.html P/O Samuel F Junkin Jr Dieppe shoot down.

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