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BL243

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BL243 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
9 MU 22-12-41
133S 5-1-42
74S 26-1-42
232S 8-4-42
222S 3-1-43
64S 31-3-43
15TRS 67TRG 9AF USAAF 17-1-44
Landing accident Middle Wallop 6-5-44
Westland 18-8-44
58 Operational Training Unit 31-3-45
Struck Off Charge 8-12-45

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    The four Squadrons of the 67th Recon Group (12th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 107th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 109th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron and 153rd Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron)...

  • 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  • 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...

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...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • Middle Wallop

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber station with a grass airfield, concrete perimeter track and hardstandings, Middle Wallop opened as a training base in April 1940, before construction was complete. Used as an RAF day-fighter and night-fighter base during 1940...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK December 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 5 January 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 5-Jan-42.

Transferred Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 17 January 1944

Transferred to 15th TRS, 67th TRG 9AF USAAF 17-1-44.

Crashed Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 6 May 1944

Landing accident Middle Wallop 6-5-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 09:51:34 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 13:08:11 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.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html

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