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BM590

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BM590 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No ? MU 24-4-42, assigned to 121S 'AV-R' 28-4-42, transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 9-42, transferred to 13PRS, 7PRG 10-42, Bailed Out Engine Failure BOEF Oxon, Oxfordshire, pilot Vernon N Luber, 13PRS, 7PRG, 8thAF, 7-10-42, 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...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

  • 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • 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

  • Gilbert Halsey

    Military | Major | Pilot
    He graduated from Cement High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma for one year before attending Spartan Air School. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force on May 1, 1941. ...

  • Vernon Luber

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Possibly the pilot in or around 7 Oct 1943 accident in Spitfire BM590 ETO Ribbon; Air Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross

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...

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

  • Southend-on-Sea

    Military site : non-airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK April 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered 24 April 1942

Delivered to No ? MU 24-4-42.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 28 April 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 'AV-R' 28-4-42. Pilot P/O Gilbert O Halsey.

E/A Probable Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Fw190 Probable Dieppe, pilot P/O Gilbert O Halsey, 19-8-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK September 1942

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 9-42.

Transferred Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK October 1942

Transferred to 13PRS, 7PRG 10-42.

Crashed Oxfordshire, UK 7 October 1942

Bailed Out Engine Failure BOEF Cat 5 damage, Oxon, Oxfordshire, pilot Vernon N Luber, 13PRS, 7PRG, 8thAF, 7-10-42.

Struck Off Charge SOC Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 8 October 1942

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 17:21:14 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BM-590
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=118813
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas.
American Eagles: US Fighter Pilots in the RAF 1939-1945: Rare Photographs from
Wartime Archives by Tony Holmes.

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 17:02:46 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BM-590
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=118813
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas.
American Eagles: US Fighter Pilots in the RAF 1939-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Tony Holmes.

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