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W3931

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3931 Mk Vb Const #2021, Built High Post.
First Flew 30-Aug-41
45 MU 1-Sep-41
234S 26-Sep-41
Flying accident Cat CB damage 16-May-42
Air Service Training
4FS 52FG 12AF USAAF 5-Aug-42
153OS 67OG 8AF USAAF 43.
Vickers Armstrong South Marston 11-Jul-43 fuel syst elevator and rudder mods wing stiffened S Type pt MkIII IFF bomb carrier
501S 'SD-F' 23-Oct-43
Cat CA damage on Op's 9-Apr-44
Repair On Site
Armee de l'Air 19-Jan-46 Groupe de Chasse 2/18

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 67th Observation Group
  • 153rd Observation Squadron

People

  • Laverne Huston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    15 May 1943 on a practice bombing mission in ac A-20B-DL 41-3400, ac caught on fire approaching landing at Keevil. Crew returned to service. 21 June 1943landed on grass after landing problem.

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...

  • Keevil

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Keevil was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 51 pan hardstandings, two T2 hangars and nine...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured High Post, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4, UK August 1941

Built High Post.

Transferred Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 5 August 1942

Transferred to 4FS 52FG 8AF USAAF 5-Aug-42.

Transferred Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14, UK 1943

Transferred to 153OS 67OG 8AF USAAF 43.

Crashed Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14, UK 9 March 1943

Landing accident Keevil/Sta 471 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Hilary P Cole, 9-Mar-43.

153OS 67OG 8AF.

Crashed Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14, UK 20 March 1943

Ground Loop Keevil/Sta 471 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Laverne F Huston, 20-Mar-43.

153OS 67OG 8AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 17:39:40 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.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=W3931
http://raf-112-squadron.org/52ndfghonor_roll42_43.html

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