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EN918

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire EN918 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 33MU 15-5-42, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 3-6-42, CA ops 18-6-42, Phillips & Powis South Marston for repair, assigned to 121S 23-6-42, CB ops 14-9-42, assigned to 335thFS USAAF 1-10-42, CE ops 5-2-43, 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...

  • 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

  • George Carpenter

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Carpenter was born 14 May 1917 in Townville, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Oil City, where he graduated from high school in 1935. he attended Grove City College, meanwhile taking flight instruction under the Civilian Pilot Training Program. ...

  • William Kelly

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Joined RCAF, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, Fw190 destroyed on Rodeo to Abbeville, France 31-7-42 ...

  • Nicholas Sintetos

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot - Underwent pilot training Ashtabula, OH, USA, too young to join USAAF at 20yrs old, enlisted RCAF Jan 41, No 5 SFTS Course 39: September 25 - December 18, 1941, Brantford Ontario, joined RAF, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF via OTU 11-6-42,...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command PATROL & STRAFING

    5 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group has two operations of this date: 2 Spitfires are despatched on routine patrols along the English coast; 6 other Spitfires are despatched to strafe a German ship convoy. 2 corvettes and one merchant ship are damaged. 1 Spitfire is shot...

Places

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • 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...

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Lyneham, Wiltshire, UK 15 May 1942

Delivered to No 33 MU 15-5-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 3 June 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 3-6-42. Pilot Selden Raymond Edner.

Combat damage 18 June 1942

Cat CA damage on Op's 18-6-42.

Factory repair South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 19 June 1942 – 22 June 1942

To Phillips & Powis South Marston for repair.

E/A Damaged English Channel 19 June 1942

Fw190 Damaged English Channel. 19-6-42. Pilot S R Edner.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 June 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 23-6-42.

E/A Destroyed x 2 Berck, France 31 July 1942

2 x Fw190 Destroyed Off Berck. 31-7-42. Pilot S R Edner.

E/A Destroyed Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Fw190 Destroyed Dieppe. 19-8-42. Pilot S R Edner.

Combat damage 14 September 1942

Cat CB damage on Op's 14-9-42

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 September 1942 – 30 September 1942

Repair On Site.

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

Assigned to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42.

Combat damage North Sea off Walcherent, Netherlands 5 February 1943

Cat CE damage on Op's 5-2-43. Dispatched to strafe shipping on the dutch coast hit by flak and crashed into North Sea. Pilot Captain William P Kelly KIA.

Struck Off Charge SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 6 February 1943

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 18:22:09 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ca...

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2015 18:45:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ca...

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