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AB897

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB897 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 6 MU 20-8-41, assigned to 71S 26-8-41, SOC 20-10-41, assigned to 71S 31-12-41, flying accident Cat AC damage 2-4-42, ROS, assigned to 5th PS USAAF 5-9-42,
Taxiing accident Cat 3 damage, pilot George A Zientowski 5th FS, 52nd FG RAF Eglington, Londonderry, IRE 10-9-42, ROS, to Vickers Armstrong South Marston 2-5-43 fuel syst mods wing stiff, assigned to 317S 2-7-43, transferred to 402S 12-10-43, air collision with AA880 21-3-44, shot down by flak over Normandy 10-6-44, SOC.

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  • 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...

  • 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

  • George Zientowski

    Military | Major | pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    Pilot Spitfire/P-39, assigned to 5th FS, 52nd FG, 8th AF. Served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

Places

  • Eglinton

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1940-41, Eighth Air Force lodger units moved in in 1942. The 52nd Fighter Group and 82nd Fighter Group used the airfield, before the Royal Navy moved in and occupied the base until 1959. Partly closed, it was still used by the...

  • 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 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 26-8-41.

SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 October 1941

SOC 20-10-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 31 December 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 31-12-41.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 April 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 2-4-42.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 3 April 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 5 September 1942

Assigned to 5th PS, 52nd PG, 8th AF USAAF 5-9-42.

Crashed Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 10 September 1942

Taxiing accident Cat 3 damage, pilot George A Zientowski 5th FS, 52nd FG RAF Eglington, Londonderry, IRE 10-9-42.

Repair On Site ROS Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 11 September 1942

Repair On Site.

Factory Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 2 May 1943

To Vickers Armstrong South Marston 2-5-43 fuel syst mods wing stiff.

Assigned Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 2 July 1943

Assigned to 317 Sqn (Wilno) Polish 2-7-43.

Transferred Colerne, Wiltshire, UK 12 October 1943

Transferred to 402 Sqn (City of Winnipeg) RCAF 12-10-43

Crashed Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 21 March 1944

Air collision with Spitfire AA880 whilst formation flying 21-3-44.

Crashed Normandy 10 June 1944

Shot down by flak over Normandy 10-6-44.

Struck Off Charge SOC Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 11 June 1944

Struck Off Charge. 11-6-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:01:11 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2015 09:19:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

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