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BS445

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BS445 Mk IX, Const #3373, Built at Eastleigh.
FF 11-9-42, assigned to 133S 13-9-42, transferred to 331S 29-9-42, flying accident Cat CB damage 5-1-43, GAL M63 install, assigned to 332S 6-11-43, transferred to 317S, flying accident Cat AC damage 25-2-44, ROS, SOC 27-11-47.

Pictured after the 25th Feb 44 flying accident, repairs complete : https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jaSpCQAAQBAJ&pg=PA77&lpg=PA77&dq=Spi...

Service

Units

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

People

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

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.

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK 11 September 1942

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 11-9-42.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 13 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 13-9-42.

Morlaix Disaster Bolt Head, Salcombe, Devon TQ8, UK 26 September 1942

BS445 slated for Morlaix mission, flown down to departure field, Bolthead. P/O Dominic S Gentile, Blown tire on takeoff, crashed into ditch. Scratched from mission.

Transferred North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex CM16, UK 29 September 1942

Transferred to 331 Sqn (Norwegian) 29-9-42.

E/A Destroyed Calais, France 9 November 1942

E/A Claimed destroyed. Pilot Helmer Grundt-Spang 331Sqn. 9-11-42.

Crashed London Southend Airport, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6YF, UK 5 January 1943

Flying accident Cat CB damage 5-1-43. Spitfire IX BS137 on landing collided with parked A/C. Pilot uninjured.

Assigned North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex CM16, UK 6 November 1943

Assigned to 332 Sqn (Norwegian) 6-11-43.

Transferred Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 1944

Transferred to 317 Sqn 'Wilno' (Polish). Personal A/C Fl Lt Dobrinski.

Crashed Llanbedr, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45, UK 25 February 1944

Flying accident Cat AC damage 25-2-44. Damaged in accident during gunnery practice Llanbedr.

Repair On Site ROS Llanbedr, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45, UK 26 February 1944 – 15 March 1944

Repair On Site.

Struck Off Charge SOC Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 27 November 1947

Struck Off Charge 27-11-47.

Factory repair Hanworth, Hampton, Hampton, Greater London TW12, UK

To General Aircraft Ltd repairs and Merlin 63 installed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 09:43:56 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
Polish Spitfire Aces by By Wojtek Matusiak.
RAF Southend by Peter Brown.
Aces High: A Further Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/the-morlaix-show.html
https://1942morlaixdisaster.wordpress.com/the-pilots/

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 10:58:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
Polish Spitfire Aces by By Wojtek Matusiak.
RAF Southend by Peter Brown.
Aces High: A Further Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/the-morlaix-show.html
https://1942morlaixdisaster.wordpress.com/the-pilots/

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