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X4709

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire X4709 Mk Ia Const #1269, Built at Eastleigh.
First Flew 5-Nov-40
12 MU 7-Nov-40
602S 3-Jan-41
Scottish Aviation 29-May-41
Converted to Mk Va Merlin 45
131S 18-Jul-41
Cat CE damage on Ops 21-Aug-41
Air Service Training Heston
130S 17-Nov-41
134S 25-Dec-41
133S 28-Dec-41
134S
133S 2-Jan-42
Ran off the runway on landing at Hutton Cranswick, struck snow bank, broken undercarriage leg. 24-Feb-42. P/O Gilbert Inland Omens.
Repair On Site
Cat AC damage 14-Mar-42
164 Sqn at Skeabrae 25-Jun-42
602 Sqn at Skeabrae 10-Sep-42
Struck while parked at Sumburgh by DH Rapide G-AGDM, Cat FA damage. 22-Oct-42.
95FS, 82FG, 8AF USAAF 26-Nov-42
Struck Off Charge 18-Sep-45.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

  • 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

  • Gilbert Omens

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133[Eagle] Sqn RAF, ran off runway on landing at Hutton Cranswick in Spitfire X4709 and struck snow bank, resulting in a broken undercarriage leg. Miles Magister N3929 crashed, forced landing in Surrey. Killed in Action KIA....

Places

  • Eglinton

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1940-41, Eighth Air Force lodger units moved in in 1942. The 52nd Fighter Group and 82nd Fighter Group used the airfield, before the Royal Navy moved in and occupied the base until 1959. Partly closed, it was still used by the...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK December 1940

Built at Eastleigh.

Transferred Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 28 December 1941

Transferred to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 28-Dec-41.

Transferred Biggin Hill, Greater London, UK 2 January 1942

Transferred to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 2-Jan-42.

Crashed Hutton, Preston, Lancashire, UK 24 February 1942

Ran off the runway on landing at Hutton Cranswick and struck a snow bank which resulted in a broken undercarriage leg. 24-Feb-42. P/O Gilbert Inland Omens.

Transferred Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 26 November 1942

Transferred to 95th FS, 82nd Grp 8AF USAAF. Pilot Lt Alex K Hamric. 26-Nov-42.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 09:48:29 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york42/x4709.html

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 18:24:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york42/x4709.html

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