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BL964

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BL964 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 5 MU 22-2-42, assigned to 64S 28-3-42, FA Cat CB 3-4-42, 412S 7-42, FTR fighter sweep to Abbeville 26-7-42 [ETO familiarisation, one of 3 x US officers on the mission], hit by a Fw190 of JG26 and his engine having failed, Lt Col Albert P Clark [Executive Officer 31st FG] put down his Spitfire in a field, thus becoming the first 8th AF fighter pilot to be shot down over Europe. Taken prisoner, his captors being somewhat baffled by his American uniform and his high rank.

Service

Units

People

  • Albert Clark

    Military | Lieutenant General | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Shot down doing a sweep over France with the 412 Squadron (Royal Canadian Air Force) 26 July 1942 while assigned to 31st Fighter Group as a Lieutenant Colonel, flying Spitfire Mk Vb, BL964. Prisoner of War (POW). Was executive officer of the 31st FG in...

Missions

  • First 8th AF Fighter Operation (26 July 1942)

    26 July 1942
    6 Spitfire VB aircraft from 31FG join with 412 (Falcon) Squadron RCAF flying from Merston on a fighter sweep over Abbeville and St. Omer, France. Lt Col Albert P. Clark, O-020218, 31FG Executive Officer flying EN784 is shot down and captured becoming...

Places

  • Merston

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1939-41 as a grass airfield satellite to RAF Tangmere, Merston initially had no fixed runways, 17 hardstandings, 12 double pens and six blister hangars. Occupied by RAF fighter squadrons from May 1941 to August 1942, it had been allocated...

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered RAF Lyneham Flying Club, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6BA, UK 22 February 1942

Delivered to No 5 MU 22-2-42.

Assigned Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, UK 28 March 1942

Assigned to 64 Sqn 28-3-42.

Crashed 3 April 1942

Flying accident Cat CB damage 3-4-42.

Repair On Site ROS Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, UK 4 April 1942 – July 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned July 1942

Assigned to 412 Sqn. 7-42.

Crashed Cap Gris-Nez, 62179 Audinghen, France 26 July 1942

FTR mission with 412 Sqn for ETO experience, hit by fire from a 6./JG26 Fw190 and his engine having failed, Lt Col Albert P Clark [Executive Officer 31st FG] put down his Spitfire in a field, thus becoming the first 8th Air Force fighter pilot to be shot down over Europe. Taken prisoner, his captors being somewhat baffled by his American uniform and his high rank. 26-7-42.

Transferred post FTR 27 July 1942

Post 'Failed To Return' [FTR] from mission, transferred on paper to 309th FS USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 19:28:48 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=6390&PHPSESSID=8f3f29...
spitfiresite.com
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-35426.html

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 18:48:51 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://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=6390&PHPSESSID=8f3f29...
spitfiresite.com
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-35426.html

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