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BM309

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BM309 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 12 MU 28-3-42, assigned to 122S 10-4-42, transferred to 335S 29-1-43 One-time personal aircraft of 2nd Lt. Robert A Boock, E/A kill Fw190 Dunkirk Robert A Boock 22-1-43, transferred to 315S 'PK-B' 23-3-43, transferred to 303S 6-4-43, transferred to 313S 27-9-43, Cunliffe-Owen 28-11-43, ATA Marwell Hall to Colerne 8-3-44, RNAS 808S Henstridge 9-4-44, as trainer Ran into lorry which halted suddenly Lee 1-6-44 (S/L NJ Bowen), transferred to
759S Yeovilton 8-44, FL due to partial EF 27-9-44 (S/L F Logie RNZN).

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

People

  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26 January 1943 (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 6 April 1943, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North...

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...

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Kirkbride, Wigton, Cumbria CA7, UK 28 March 1942

Delivered to No 12 MU 28-3-42.

Assigned Scorton, Preston, Lancashire PR3, UK 10 April 1942

Assigned to 122 Sqn 10-4-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 January 1943

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 22-1-43 One-time personal aircraft of 2nd Lt. Robert A Boock.

E/A Kill Dunkirk, France 29 January 1943

E/A kill Fw190 Dunkirk pilot Robert A Boock 29-1-43.

Transferred Northolt, Greater London, UK 23 March 1943

Transferred to 315 (Deblinski) Polish Sqn coded 'PK-B' 23-3-43.

Transferred Hornchurch, Greater London, UK 27 September 1943

Transferred to 313 Sqn 27-9-43.

To Factory Southampton Airport (SOU), Southampton, Hampshire SO18 2NL, UK 28 November 1943 – 7 March 1944

To Cunliffe-Owen 28-11-43.

ATA Ferry flight Colerne, Wiltshire, UK 8 March 1944

Ferry flight by ATA Marwell Hall to Colerne 8-3-44.

Assigned Henstridge, Templecombe, Somerset BA8, UK 9 April 1944

Assigned to 808 RNAS Henstridge 9-4-44.

Crashed Lee, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34, UK 1 June 1944

Whilst in use as a trainer, collided with lorry which halted suddenly Lee 1-6-44 Sub Lt NJ Bowen.

Transferred Yeovilton, Yeovil, Somerset BA22, UK August 1944

Transferred to RNAS 759 Yeovilton 8-44.

Crashed Yeovilton, Yeovil, Somerset BA22, UK 27 September 1944

Forced Landing due to partial Engine Failure 27-9-44 Sub Lt F Logie RNZN.

Transferred Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK

Transferred to 303 (Kościuszko) Polish Sqn 6-4-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2015 17:46:54 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
4th Fighter Group - Debden Eagles by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 20:26:31 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholz.

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