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AB907

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB907 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 6 MU 20-8-41, assigned to 71S 26-8-41, FA Cat AC 14-1-42, to AST, assigned to 2nd PS, 52nd PG, 12th AF USAAF 22-8-42, transferred to 107th OS, 67th OG, 8AF, Mid Air Collision Cat CE 14-6-43, SOC 15-6-43.

Service

Aircraft

  • EN945

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN945 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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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 Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    The four Squadrons of the 67th Recon Group (12th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 107th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 109th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron and 153rd Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron)...

  • 107th Reconnaissance 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

  • Varner Matthews

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Killed in 'Combat Formation Tactics practice in Spitfire VB AB907. Midair collision with another Spitfire.

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...

  • Membury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training base, Membury was built during 1942, and then upgraded in 1943 after allocation to the USAAF as a reconnaissance or transport base, with maintenance and repair depot facilities. It had eventually three concrete...

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. 8-41.

Delivered RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3LX, UK 20 August 1941

Delivered to No 6 MU 20-8-41.

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

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

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 14 January 1942

Flying accident Cat AC 14-1-42.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 15 January 1942 – 21 August 1942

To Air Service Training for repair.

Assigned Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 22 August 1942

Assigned to 2FS, 52FG, 12th AF USAAF 22-8-42.

Transferred Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK December 1942

Transferred to 107th OS, 67th OG, 8AF.

Crashed Aldermaston, Reading, West Berkshire RG7, UK 3 January 1943

Landing accident Aldermaston /Sta 467 cat 3 damage, pilot Wayne W Story, 107th OS 67th OG 8AF. 3-1-43.

Crashed Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK 24 February 1943

Ground Loop Membury/Sta 466 Cat 3 damage, pilot Sidney C Arnold, 107th OS, 67th OG, 8AF. 24-2-43.

Crashed Wantage, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12, UK 14 June 1943

Mid Air Collision during formation training with Spitfire EN945 [Charles F Stone] Wantage/ 3mi NE, Cat 5 damage, pilot Varner E Matthews 107th OS, 67th OG, 8AF. 14-6-43. Both pilots KIFA. Cat E.

Struck Off Charge SOC Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK 15 June 1943

Struck Off Charge. 15-6-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:44:28 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=Ab907 Accident record.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 22:16:32 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=Ab907 Accident record.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 22:07:43 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=Ab907 Accident record.

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