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VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

26 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a formation of Fortresses in mid-channel approximately half-way between Bolthead and Morlaix. It is yet doubtful to know what happened but some Fortresses were seen after 45 minutes flying, during which time the Squadron had probably the Bay of Biscay several times. One pilot and aircraft (P/O. Beaty) made the English coast and owing to shortage of petrol crash landed in a small field near Kingsbridge. Judging from his account and what he overheard over the R/T it is probable that the remaining 11 pilots force landed on the Island of Ouissant or on the French mainland. It is known on good authority that 5 pilots are now prisoners of war.
No further operational flying during the month.

Mission details

1. Brest, France / Bolt Head, Salcombe, Devon / Great Sampford, Saffron Walden, Essex

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

133 Squadron RAF, soon to be absorbed by 4th Fighter Group, also was to provide escort and lost 11 Spitfire IXs during the escort. One RAF pilot credited with one enemy aircraft destroyed. Loss not in 8th Air Force.

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 11
Number of people Killed In Action 4
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 6

Service

People

  • William Baker

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Probable Fw190 26-4-41, Destroyed Fw190 31-7-41 transferred to 336FS 15-9-42, shot down 26 September 1942 near Morlaix, France in Spitfire 1X BS 446. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Beaty

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Morlaix disaster, crash landed in his Spitfire IX BS148 in a field near Kingsbridge, Devon due to fuel starvation. Critically injured, but survived his injuries. 26-9-42.

  • Edward Brettell

    Military | Squadron Leader | fighter Pilot/squadron commander
    Joined RAF, trained at 58 OTU, assigned to 92Sqn, transferred to 133Sqn. Shot down 26 September 1942 near Morlaix, France in Spitfire IX BS313. Became a Prisoner of War (POW) and was executed for his part in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

  • Charles Cook

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, Spartan Aeronautical College, assigned to 133S, transfer to 336th FS, 4th FG 8AF USAAF, shot down 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BR640. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    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...

  • Marion Jackson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Damaged Bf109 23-5-41, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • George Middleton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, shot down 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BS301 near Morlaix, France. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Gene Neville

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 26 September 1942 in Spitfire 1X BS140. Lost on Brest Peninsula, crashed Guingamp, from flak damage. PH

  • Leonard Ryerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, shipped overseas, assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, Transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 26 September 1942. Crashed near Morlaix, France, out of fuel in Spitfire Mk IX BS275.

  • Dennis Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF Killed in Action (KIA) 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BS294, which crash landed due to lack of fuel on an escort mission.

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Aircraft

  • BR638

    Spitfire
    This aircraft was originally assigned to 133 Squadron RAF, but transferred to 8th Air Force, 4th Fighter Group, 336th Fighter Squadron on 22-August-1942. It was flown by 1Lt. George B. Sperry in escort of American Bombers making an attack on the...

  • BR640

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BR640 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

  • BS137

    Spitfire
    This aircraft was originally assigned to 133 Squadron RAF but transferred to 8th Air Force, 4th Fighter Group, 336 Fighter Squadron on 22-August-1942. The aircraft was flown by 2Lt Dennis D. Smith in escort of American bombers attacking the German...

  • BS138

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS138 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BS140

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS140 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BS275

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS275 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

  • BS279

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS279 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

  • BS301

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS301 Mk IX, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • BS313

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS313 Mk IX, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • BS446

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS446 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. First flew 11-9-42. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 00:49:33 Woodsterdog Changes to person associations
Sources

Added Beaty who was 12th member of the mission from ORB

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 00:45:41 Woodsterdog Changes to event
Sources

Location Associations taken from ORB

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 00:43:03 Woodsterdog Changes to description
Sources

Taken from 133 Sqn Operational Record Book - Available at the National Archives

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 16:59:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. Edit of mission description.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 22:03:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Oct-2014. Edit to Mission Title

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 22:01:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Oct-2014. Description written by Mr Cunningham based on the "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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