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Supermarine Spitfire BS138 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh.
This aircraft, FF 9-8-42, was originally assigned to 133 [Eagle] Squadron RAF on 11 August 1942, but transferred to 8th Air Force, 4th Fighter Group, 336th Fighter Squadron on 22 August 1942. The aircraft was flown by 1Lt Gilbert G. Wright in escort of American bombers attacking the German airfield Porjeau at Morlaix, France on 26 September 1942.
Ran out of fuel and force-landed near Plouguin, 20km NW of Brest, France .
The aircraft was declared MIA. There is no known Missing Air Crew Report for this loss. P/O Gilbert G. Wright was captured after evading for seven months. Prisoner of War (POW). See his page at



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Event Location Date
Manufactured Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK 9 August 1942

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 9-8-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 August 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 11-8-42.

Crashed Plouguin, France 26 September 1942

Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brittany 26-9-42. Pilot P/O Gilbert G Wright POW.

Struck Off Charge SOC 27 September 1942

Struck Off Charge.


Date Contributor Update
13 June 2021 09:29:23 ED-BB Changes to description

Corrected crash location and adapted the text in Biography

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2021 08:45:10 ED-BB Changes to description

Added details about pilot Gilbert Wright's evasion before he was captured
Research for website https:/

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:33:27 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2015 09:45:04 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 18:38:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to person associations

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014 Person Connection within site data.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 18:12:54 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014 " Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) POW database; Wikipedia