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BM479

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BM479 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 5 MU 13-4-42, assigned to 71S 2-6-42, transferred to 111S 9-7-42, transferred to 2nd PS 52nd PG USAAF 21-10-42, transferred to 65S 2-3-43, transferred to 130S 1-4-43, transferred to 222 MU 22-10-43, loaded aboard SS Pandorian 25-11-43, to Portugal 8-12-43.

Service

Units

  • 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...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 3 October 1941

Landing accident Goxhill, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt George A Newman 2FS, 52FG, 12AF 3-10-42.

Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK April 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered RAF Lyneham Flying Club, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6BA, UK 13 April 1942

Delivered to No 5 MU 13-4-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 June 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 2-6-42.

Transferred Gravesend, Kent, UK 9 July 1942

Transferred to 111 Sqn 9-7-42.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 21 October 1942

Transferred to 2nd PS 52nd PG USAAF 21-10-42.

Transferred Drem, North Berwick, East Lothian EH39, UK 2 March 1943

Transferred to 65 Sqn 2-3-43.

Transferred Drem, North Berwick, East Lothian EH39, UK 1 April 1943

Transferred to 130 Sqn 1-4-43.

Transferred High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 22 October 1943

Transferred to 222 MU (Packing Depot) 22-10-43.

Loaded aboard Merseyside, UK 25 November 1943

Loaded aboard SS Pandorian 25-11-43.

Shipped Overseas Portugal 8 December 1943

To Portugal AF 8-12-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 17:27:01 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BM-479

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2015 20:44:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BM-479

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