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BM511

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BM511 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
FF 16-4-42, Delivered to No 9 MU 18-4-42, assigned to 309th FS 31st FG 8th AF USAAF 20-4-42, FA CE 16-7-42 pilot 1st Lt Harry Robert Kerr KIA A/C crashed 2 miles north-west of Creswell, Staffordshire. Suspected failure of oxygen system, SOC 25-7-42.

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...

  • 309th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Harry Kerr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Pilot Spitfire Vb BM511 crashed 2 miles north-west of Creswell, Staffordshire. Suspected failure of oxygen system, blacked out and dived straight in, no attempt by pilot to recover. 16-7-42. Killed Non Battle (DNB).

Places

  • High Ercall

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1939-41 for the RAF, as a combined fighter station and Maintenance Unit base, High Ercall had three tarmac runways, 23 hardstandings, two T2 hangars and 24 other hangars of various types. Occupied by the RAF from October 1940, it was...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK 16 April 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. First flew 16-4-42.

Delivered Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 18 April 1942

Delivered to No 9 MU 18-4-42.

Assigned High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 20 April 1942

Assigned to 309th FS, 31st FG 8th AF USAAF.

Crashed Creswell, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST11, UK 16 July 1942

Flying accident Cat CE 16-7-42 pilot 1st Lt Harry Robert Kerr killed DNB, A/C crashed 2 miles north-west of Creswell, Staffordshire. Suspected failure of oxygen system.

Struck Off Charge SOC High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 25 July 1942

Struck Off Charge 25-7-42.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2017 11:21:25 CreswellPC Changes to events
Sources

Creswell PC - placename correction (only 1 "s" in Creswell)

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2017 11:16:37 CreswellPC Changes to description
Sources

Creswell PC - correction of placename (only 1 "s" in Creswell).

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2015 11:05:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://raf-112-squadron.org/31stfghonor_roll43_44.html
AAM DB entry.

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