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X4342

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire X4342 Mk Ia Const #1103, Built at Eastleigh.
First Flew 3-Sep-40 (CMG)
8 MU 5-Sep-40
6 MU 9-Sep-40 cannon wing fitted
19S 9-Sep-40
7 Operational Training Unit 10-Sep-40
Rolls Royce Hucknall 11-Jan-41 Converted to Mk Vb Merlin 45
Air Fighting Development Unit 24-Feb-41
92S 'QJ-P' 13-Mar-41
Rolls Royce Hucknall 15-Apr-41
damaged by Bf109 14-Jun-41
Air Service Training
316S 15-Oct-41
154S 13-Jun-42
121S 18-Jul-42
Cat AC damage on Op's 22-Jul-42 Rhubarb pilot F/O J M Sanders
340S 13-Sep-42
131S 27-Oct-42
Missing on ground attack mission to Ouistreham 18-Nov-42

Service

Units

  • 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

  • James Sanders

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF, promoted to 1st Lieutenant, transferred to 6th Fighter Wing to serve as an instructor.

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.

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK August 1940

Built at Eastleigh.

Transferred Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 18 July 1942

Transferred to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 18-Jul-42.

Combat damage Calais, France 22 July 1942

Cat AC damage on Op's 22-Jul-42. Rhubarb - pilot F/O James M Sanders WIA.

Crashed Ouistreham, France 18 November 1942

Missing on ground attack mission to Ouistreham 18-Nov-42. Shot down by Bf109. pilot Sgt Edward Appleton-Bach KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 21:33:09 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-al...
Walking D-Day by Paul Reed.
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2633563/APPLETON-BACH,%20EDWARD

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 09:51:29 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.
https://backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-al...
Walking D-Day by Paul Reed.
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2633563/APPLETON-BACH,%20EDWARD

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