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EP179

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb EP179 Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 9 MU 14-6-42, assigned to 71S 20-7-42, transferred to 309th FS, 31st FG 9-42, transferred to 334th USAAF 1-10-42, transferred to 15TRS, 67TRG 3-44, Accident(TOA) at Chilbolton Cat 4 pilot James F McCormick 5-3-44, Cat CB AST 31-3-44, 1 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit 8-1-45, to Armee de l'Air 19-1-45.

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...

  • 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    The four Squadrons of the 67th Recon Group (12th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 107th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 109th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron and 153rd Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron)...

  • 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  • 309th Fighter Squadron
  • 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...

  • 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

  • Harrison Thyng

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot, Commander | 31st Fighter Group
    /Thyng led his squadron to a field in Algeria. There, American aircraft in the landing pattern were under attack by Vichy French Dewoitine 520 fighters. The 309th pilots downed three of the four Dewoitines, one of them falling to Thyng's guns for his...

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...

  • Westhampnett

    Military site : airfield
    Acquired in 1938 as an Emergency Landing Ground for RAF Tangmere, Westhampnett was upgraded to satellite status in 1940. It had eventually three grass runways, 19 pan hardstandings, 32 small pens, and one T1 plus eight over-blister hangars. Occupied by...

Events

Event Location Date
Transferred Westhampnett, Chichester, West Sussex PO18, UK September 42

Transferred to 309th FS, 31st FG 9-42.

Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK June 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 14 June 1942

Delivered to No 9 MU 14-6-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 July 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 20-7-42.

E/A Destroyed Gravelines, France 27 August 1942

Fw190 Destroyed South Gravelines 27-8-42, pilot W/C Raymond Miles Beecham Duke-Woolley.

E/A Probable Cap Gris-Nez, 62179 Audinghen, France 29 August 1942

Fw190 Probable Cap Griz Nez 29-8-42, pilot W/C Raymond Miles Beecham Duke-Woolley.

Dieppe Participant Dieppe, France 19 September 1942

W/C R.M.B. Duke-Woolley (Debden Wing)-Four sorties (Spitfire Vb EP179). No claims.

E/A Probable France 22 September 1942

Ju88 Probable 22-9-42, pilot Maj Harrison R Thyng.

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

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42.

Crashed Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 5 March 1944

Take Off Accident Chilbolton /Sta 404, Cat 4 damage, pilot James F McCormick, 5-3-44.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 31 March 1944

Flying accident Cat CB damage 31-3-44.

Factory repair Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 1 April 1944 – 5 June 1944

To AST for repair.

Prepared for Shipping Portreath, Redruth, Cornwall TR16, UK 8 January 1945

Transferred to Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit 8-1-45.

Shipped Abroad France 19 January 1945

To Armee de l'Air 19-1-45.

Transferred Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK

Transferred to 15TRS, 67TRG, 9AF 3-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 18:20:28 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 By Andrew Thomas
http://www.cieldegloire.com/002_raf_duke-wooley_r_m_b.php
http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=EP179&Submit4=Go
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2015 12:23:18 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.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 By Andrew Thomas
http://www.cieldegloire.com/002_raf_duke-wooley_r_m_b.php
http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=EP179&Submit4=Go
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

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