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AB975

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB975 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 45 MU 31-8-41, assigned to 609S 7-9-41, ?, transferred to 121S 20-8-42, transferred to 335th FS USAAF 1-10-42, Vickers Armstrong South Marston 6-7-43 fuel syst and elev mods wing stiff S type pt MkIII IFF M46 install, assigned to 411ARF 21-2-44, transferred to 277S 26-5-44, Crashed nr Oborne Dorset Cat E 25-6-44, 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. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 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

  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered RAF Kinloss, Forres, Morayshire IV36 3UH, UK 31 August 1941

Delivered to No 45 MU 31-8-41.

Assigned London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 7 September 1941

Assigned to 609 Sqn (West Riding) 7-9-41.

E/A kill Mardyck, France 27 September 1941

Bf109F kill 27-9-41 over Mardyck. Pilot P/O Giovanni E F Dieu.

E/A kill Dunkirk, France 8 March 1942

Fw190 kill on 8-3-42 during a fighter sweep in the Dunkirk area. Pilot P/O Giovanni E F Dieu.

Transferred Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 20 August 1942

Transferred to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 20-8-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 October 1942

Transferred to 335th FS USAAF 1-10-42.

Factory Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 6 July 1943 – 20 February 1944

Vickers Armstrong South Marston 6-7-43 fuel syst and elev mods wing stiff S type pt MkIII IFF M46 install.

Assigned 21 February 1944

Assigned to 411 ARF 21-2-44.

Transferred Stapleford Tawney, Romford, Essex RM4, UK 26 May 1944

Transferred to 277 Sqn 26-5-44.

Crashed Oborne, Sherborne, Dorset DT9, UK 25 June 1944

Crashed nr Oborne Dorset Cat E damage 25-6-44.

Struck Off Charge SOC Stapleford Tawney, Romford, Essex RM4, UK 27 June 1944

Struck Off Charge. 27-6-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2015 21:27:24 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/Dieu.htm

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