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W3963

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3963 Mk Vb, Const # 2169 Built at High Post, Salisbury.
FF 6-10-41, delivered to No 38 MU 14-10-41, assigned to 71S 22-10-41, Collided with W3627 on training flight FA Cat E both pilots KIFA. 16-11-41

Service

Aircraft

  • W3627

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3627 Mk Vb, Const #1954, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

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Units

  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

People

  • Stanley Meares

    Military | Squadron Leader | Pilot / Sqn Commander
    Flight Lt Meares, No 611 Squadron, was awarded the DFC in July 1941 in recognition of his gallantry. The London Gazette records that he carried out 28 operations over enemy territory, during which he destroyed two Messerschmitt 109Fs and damaged two...

  • Ross Scarborough

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    US citizen born in Hidalgo County, New Mexico., Ross Scarborough joined the RAFVR in 1941[RAF No. 65976], before being assigned to Squadron 133, the third "Eagle" Squadron. In September 1941 he was transferred to Squadron 71 "Eagle". ...

Places

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured High Post, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4, UK 6 October 1941

Built at High Post, Salisbury. First flew 6-10-41. Factory airfield.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 October 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 22-10-41.

Crashed Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire SG11, UK 15 November 1941

Collided with W3627 [P/O Ross O Scarborough] on training flight, Cat E damage, pilot Sq/Ldr Stanley T Meares, both pilots KIFA. Crashed 1 mile S Standon, Hertfordshire. 15-11-41.

Struck Off Charge SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 November 1941

Struck Off Charge 16-11-41.

Delivered Royal Air Force, Saint Athan, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 4WA, UK

Delivered to No 38 MU 14-10-41.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 13:34:14 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/Meares.htm

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2015 16:26:34 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/Meares.htm

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2015 16:23:49 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/Meares.htm

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