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EN853

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire EN853 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 12 MU 10-5-42, assigned to 401S 4-6-42, transferred to 121S 5-8-42, transferred to 335th FS 4th FG USAAF 1-10-42, Cat CE ops 23-1-43, hit by flak in the Dunkirk/ St Omer area and came down in the sea pilot 2nd Lt Chester P Grimm KIA.
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

  • William Daley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    William Daley attempted to enlisted from Amarillo, Texas, in the Army Aviation Cadet programme but was rejected. He then went to the Clayton-Knight Committee, and having nearly 200 hours of flying time, was accepted for the RAF, where he graduated a a...

  • Chester Grimm

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RCAF, service pilot training, instructor at 11 SFTS, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335FS 4FG 8AF USAAF. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command

    2 October 1942
    1FG despatches 31 P-38s to escort bombers attacking the aircraft factory at Meaulte, France, sustaining one loss. 1FG also despatches 34 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 52FG despatches 7 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 4FG...

  • VIII Fighter Command RAF ESCORT

    22 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 25 Spitfires to support RAF Bostons attacking the German airfield at St. Omer, France. 1 Fighter is MIA and one is Damaged Beyond Repair.

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 May 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Kirkbride, Wigton, Cumbria CA7, UK 10 May 1942

Delivered to No 12 MU 10-5-42.

Transferred North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex CM16, UK 5 August 1942

Transferred to 121 [Eagle] Sqn 5-8-42.

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

Transferred to 335th FS 4th FG USAAF 1-10-42. Pilot Major William J Daley.

E/A Damaged Saint-Omer, France 2 October 1942

Fw190 damaged. Pilot Major William J Daley.

Crashed Dunkirk, France 23 January 1943

Cat CE damage on Op's 23-1-43, hit by flak in the Dunkirk/ St Omer area and came down in the sea pilot 2nd Lt Chester P Grimm KIA.

Struck Off Charge SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 24 January 1943

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 18:47:55 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.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_da...

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2015 10:33:44 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.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 By Andrew Thomas
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_da...

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