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AD464

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AD464 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 45 MU 16-10-41, assigned to 310S 'NN-Y' 16-11-41, to Westland 14-2-42 M55MA install, Flying accident Cat AC 28-6-42 Taxiing accident, Atcham, pilot Lt Harry J Robb, 380FS 31FG, ROS, assigned to 308S 28-7-42, transferred to 71S 12-8-42, transferred to 334thFS USAAF 1-10-42, Heston Aircraft Ltd 12-7-44, assigned to 10 Air Gunners School 8-6-45, Reid Sigrist refurb, to Portugal 4-7-47.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 380th Fighter Squadron
  • 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

  • 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....

  • Richard McMinn

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, ...

Places

  • 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...

  • 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 October 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Kinloss, Forres, Moray IV36, UK 16 October 1941

Delivered to No 45 MU 16-10-41.

Assigned Dyce, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, UK 16 November 1941

Assigned to 310 Sqn 'NN-Y' 16-11-41.

Factory upgrade Yeovil, Somerset, UK 14 February 1942 – 14 May 1942

To Westland 14-2-42 Merlin 55MA installed.

Assigned Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 15 May 1942

Assigned to 380th FS, 31st FG, 8th AF.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 28 June 1942

Flying accident Cat AC 28-6-42 Taxiing accident, Atcham, pilot Lt Harry J Robb, 380FS 31FG.

Repair On Site ROS Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 29 June 1942 – 27 July 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire YO25, UK 28 July 1942

Assigned to 308 Sqn (City of Krakow) Polish 28-7-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 12 August 1942

Transferred to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 12-8-42.

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

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42. Pilots Duane Willard Beeson and Richard D McMinn.

Factory repair Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 12 July 1944

To Heston Aircraft Ltd 12-7-44.

Assigned Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK 8 June 1945

Assigned to 10 Air Gunners School 8-6-45.

Factory Refurb Desford, Leicester, Leicestershire LE9, UK June 1947

To Reid Sigrist for Refurb.

Shipped Abroad Portugal 4 July 1947

To Portugal 4-7-47.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:27:12 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AD-464&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_be...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_mc...

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 11:35:56 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AD-464&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_be...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_mc...

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