Skip to main content
Edit entry 

AB908

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB908 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 37 MU 22-8-41, assigned to 71S 10-9-41, ROS 21-11-41, Flying accident Cat AC 13-1-42, ROS, assigned to 121S 25-3-42, to Vickers Armstrong South Marston 29-7-42 fuel syst mods, assigned to 131S 14-8-42, Flying accident Cat AC 18-8-42, Westland AST Cv Seafire Ib reserialled NX892 21-2-43.

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...

  • 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...

People

  • Carroll McColpin

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Major General Carroll McColpin was from Buffalo, New York. Born in 1914, he began flying at the age of 14. As a high school boy he built his own plane and taught himself to fly. He became aware that Britain was fighting to repel the Germans in their...

  • Nicholas Sintetos

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot - Underwent pilot training Ashtabula, OH, USA, too young to join USAAF at 20yrs old, enlisted RCAF Jan 41, No 5 SFTS Course 39: September 25 - December 18, 1941, Brantford Ontario, joined RAF, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF via OTU 11-6-42,...

Places

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • 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 Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK August 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Burtonwood, Warrington, UK 22 August 1941

Delivered to No 37 MU 22-8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 September 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 10-9-41.

E/A kill Lille, France 21 September 1941

Bf109E kill scored, Lille. Pilot Fl/Lt Caroll W 'Red' McColpin. 21-9-41.

E/A kill [2], Shared [1] Abbeville, France 2 October 1941

Flying as wingman to Sq/Ldr Meares pilot Fl/Lt Caroll W 'Red' McColpin scored 2 kills and 1 shared Bf109E's. 2-10-41.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 21 November 1941 – 12 January 1942

Repair On Site 21-11-41.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 January 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 13-1-42.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 14 January 1942 – 24 March 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 25 March 1942

Assigned to 121 Sqn [Eagle] RAF 25-3-42.

Factory for Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 29 July 1942

To Vickers Armstrong South Marston 29-7-42 fuel syst mods

Assigned Llanbedr, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45, UK 14 August 1942

Assigned to 131 Sqn (County of Kent) 14-8-42.

Crashed Llanbedr, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45, UK 18 August 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 18-8-42.

Factory converted Seafire Ib Yeovil, Somerset, UK 21 February 1943

Westland AST Converted Seafire Ib reserialled NX892 21-2-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:52:58 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the Aces) by Andrew Thomas.

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2015 20:35:42 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the Aces) by Andrew Thomas.

Share