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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.

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Service

Units

People

  • Richard Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1940, and was awarded his pilot wings on September 15, 1941, joining the 133 Eagle Squadron in England. Alexander was credited with destroying 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable, before...

  • William Arends

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, crashed in Spitfire P8595 [written off] nr Epworth, Lincolnshire, after a collision in the air with P8438 [P/O Samuel Fisk Whedon successfully deployed his chute, but killed in landing]. 3-4-42. ...

  • Henry Ayres

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF Shot down by fighters on 28 Jul 43 in P-47 41-6238 near Gouda, Holland. Ayres was injured and taken to hospital. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • 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).

  • Charles Barrell

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, assigned to 133S, turning onto finals into Duxford collided with another Spitfire and crashed. Killed in Action KIA 27-9-41. P/O Walter Soares also killed. Hurricanes involved Z3335 and Z3828.

  • 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.

  • Joseph Bennett

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RCAF, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, promoted 1st Lt ...

  • Edwin Bicksler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, Spartan College of Aeronautics, assigned to 133S, on attachment to 57FG from 8 Mar 1943, 314th FS, 324th FG, 9AF USAAF, killed in a P-40 during an attack on German transport planes.

  • Douglas Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR via knight committee, service pilot training in US, Dallas Aviation school, ...

  • Frank Boyles

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 335 FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF 16-9-42, promoted to 1st Lieutenant 26-10-42, promoted to Captain 1-9-43,...

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Aircraft

  • 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. ...

  • BL240

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL240 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BM260 Popeye's Pal (G.Wimpey & Co.)

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM260 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL255 'Buckeye-Don'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL255 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Office of History, Headquarters Third Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe; Installations and USAAF Combat Units in the United Kingdom 1942-1945, Revised and Expanded Edition (February 1967, Revised October 1980).

Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 1991)

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