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BL673

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BL673 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
9 MU 25-Jan-42
132S 13-Mar-42
242S 23-Jun-42
222S 11-Aug-42
Cat CB damage on Op's 19-Aug-42
General Aircraft Ltd
336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF 23-Jan-43
Air Service Training 27-Nov-43
64S 3-Apr-44
345S 22-May-44
57 Operational Training Unit 17-Aug-44
275S
Struck Off Charge 20-Feb-45

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

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

  • 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 Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK January 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 January 1943

Assigned to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF 23-Jan-43.

E/A Damaged Audruicq, France 12 March 1943

Fw190 damaged Audruicq 12-Mar-43, pilot 1st Lt Dominic S 'Don' Gentile.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 17:44:32 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.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 By Andrew Thomas.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_gentile_d_s.php

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