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AD511

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AD511 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 9 MU 8-11-41, assigned to 122S 15-11-41, Cat B on Ops 14-3-42, Air Service Training, assigned to 121S 6-6-42, VASM 25-9-42 fuel syst mods, 1 Aircraft Delivery Flight Croydon 9-1-43, transferred to 335th USAAF 10-1-43,
Landing accident Atcham/Sta 342, Cat CB damage, pilot Lt Melvin C Wood, 552FTS* 495FTG* 8AF, 20-5-43, to 222MU (Packing Depot) 26-9-43, loaded aboard SS Empire Ortolan 6-10-43, To Portugal 19-10-43.

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. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 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...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • 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

  • Roy Evans

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    As a youth, he was raised on a ranch near Santa Rosa, California. When his parents separated, he and his siblings lived with an English couple. While working at the railroad he wanted to be able to serve in defence of his country, so he took up...

  • Melvin Wood

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Crash landed on local training flight due to engine failure on 26 Jan 1944 in P47D #42-75414. RTD. P-47D #42-75446 was hit by MG fire and flak while flying low on a bomber support mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 and crashed near Egmond-Binnen, Holland...

Places

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • 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 October 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 8 November 1941

Delivered to No 9 MU 8-11-41

Assigned Scorton, Preston, Lancashire PR3, UK 15 November 1941

Assigned to 122 Sqn 15-11-41.

Combat damage Scorton, Preston, Lancashire PR3, UK 14 March 1942

Cat B damage on Op's 14-3-42.

Factory repair Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 15 March 1942

To Air Service Training for repair.

Assigned North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex CM16, UK 6 June 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn 6-6-42.

Factory Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 25 September 1942

To Vickers Armstrong South Marston 25-9-42 fuel syst mods.

Assigned Croydon, Greater London, UK 9 January 1943

No 1 Aircraft Delivery Flight Croydon 9-1-43.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 January 1943

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 10-1-43. Pilot Roy W Evans.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 10 May 1943

Transferred to 552nd FTS, 495th FTG, 8th AF.

Crashed 20 May 1943

Landing accident Atcham/Sta 342, Cat CB damage, pilot Lt Melvin C Wood, 552FTS* 495FTG* 8AF, 20-5-43.

Repair On Site ROS Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 21 May 1943 – 20 July 1943

Repair On Site.

To Packing Depot High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 26 September 1943 – 5 October 1943

To No 222 MU (Packing Depot) 26-9-43.

Loaded aboard Merseyside, UK 6 October 1943

Loaded aboard SS Empire Ortolan 6-10-43.

Shipped abroad Portugal 19 October 1943

To Portugal 19-10-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 17:55:05 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AD511&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ev...

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 12:59:31 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AD511&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ev...

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 12:39:49 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=AD511&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ev...

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