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Supermarine Spitfire AB896 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
delivered to No 45 MU 10-8-41, assigned to 71S 27-8-41, transferred to 403S 31-12-41, transferred to 131S 10-5-42, transferred to 5th PS, 52nd FG, 8th AF USAAF 5-9-42, transferred to No 215 MU 7-11-42, loaded onto SS Baron Inchcape 18-12-42, to USSR 24-3-43.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

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  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

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  • 5th Service Squadron
  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' 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...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK July 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered 10 August 1941

Delivered to No 45 MU 10-8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 27 August 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 27-8-41.

Transferred 31 December 1941

Transferred to 403 Sqn 31-12-41.

Transferred 10 May 1942

Transferred to 131 Sqn 10-5-42.

Transferred 5 September 1942

Transferred to 5th PS, 52nd FG, 8th AF USAAF 5-9-42.

Transferred 7 November 1942

Transferred to No 215 MU 7-11-42.

Loaded SS Baron Inchcape Loch Ewe, United Kingdom 18 December 1942

Loaded onto SS Baron Inchcape 18-12-42.

Shipped Overseas Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia 24 March 1943

To Murmansk or Arkhangelsk, USSR 24-3-43.


Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:28:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 14:26:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations

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