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AB974

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB974 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 33 MU 12-9-41, assigned to 401S 'YO-S' 26-9-41, Flying accident Cat AC 29-3-42, ROS, assigned to 91S 18-4-42, transferred to 121S 20-8-42, transferred to 335th FS USAAF 1-10-42, transferred to 302S 23-3-43, transferred to 132S 28-6-43, Flying accident Cat AC 30-6-43, assigned to 312S 13-11-43, transferred to 443S 27-2-44, transferred to 58 OTU 30-3-44, major repair 18-9-45
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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...

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.

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when 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....

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Royal Air Force, Raf Station Lyneham, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 4PZ, UK 12 September 1941

Delivered to No 33 MU 12-9-41.

Assigned Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 26 September 1941

Assigned to 401 Sqn 'YO-S' 26-9-41.

Presentation Spitfire Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 26 September 1941

Presentation Spitfire named 'B.B. & C.I. Railway'.

Crashed Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 29 March 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 29-3-42.

Repair On Site ROS Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 30 March 1942 – 17 April 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned Hawkinge, Kent, UK 18 April 1942

Aassigned to 91 Sqn (Nigeria) 18-4-42.

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

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

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

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42.

Transferred Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 23 March 1943

Transferred to 302 Sqn (City of Poznan) Polish 23-3-43.

Transferred Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, UK 28 June 1943

Transferred to 132 Sqn (City of Bombay) 28-6-43.

Crashed Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, UK 30 June 1943

Flying accident Cat AC damage 30-6-43.

Assigned Ibsley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24, UK 13 November 1943

Assigned to 312 Sqn (Czechoslovak) 13-11-43.

Transferred Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 27 February 1944

Transferred to 443 Sqn 27-2-44.

Transferred Grangemouth, Falkirk, UK 30 March 1944

Transferred to No 58 OTU 30-3-44.

Repaired 18 September 1945

Major repair 18-9-45.

Struck Off Charge SOC Grangemouth, Falkirk, UK 19 September 1945

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:18:34 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2015 21:11:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

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