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BM510

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BM510 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
9 MU 12-Apr-42
313S 14-May-42
154S 8-Jun-42
611S 17-Jun-42
71S 3-Aug-42
334FS 4FG 8AF USAAF 1-Oct-42
Vickers Armstrong South Marston Merlin 46 install
602S 15-Jul-43
Cat AC damage on Op's 17-Aug-43
118S 10-Oct-43
132S 25-Jan-44
Vickers Armstrong South Marston 17-Mar-44 fuel syst mods wing stiffened Merlin 45 install
277S 19-May-44
611S 3-Oct-44
2 Tactical Air Force Communications Squadron 1-Mar-45
Struck Off Charge 28-Apr-45

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

People

  • Gregory Daymond

    Military | Major | Squadron Commander
    Born in Great Falls, Montana, in November 1920, Gregory soon became known as Gus, from his middle name Augustus. He grew up in California, and upon graduating from high school he worked in the motion picture industry in various positions. He took...

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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK April 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Transferred Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 3 August 1942

Transferred to 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF 3-Aug-42.

E/A Destroyed Gravelines, France 27 August 1942

Fw190 destroyed Sth Gravelines 27-Aug-42. Pilot Gregory A 'Gus' Daymond.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 October 1942

Transferred to 334FS 4FG 8AF USAAF 1-Oct-42.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 20:21:10 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams.

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 09:42:45 Al_Skiff Changes to events and media associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 17:32:11 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas.

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