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AA881

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AA881 MK Vb, Const #2232, Built at Eastleigh.
FF 28-10-41, delivered to No 33 MU 29-10-41, assigned to 71S 6-11-41, FA CB 13-6-42, VASM 24-10-42 fuel syst mods, assigned to 313S 4-4-43, transferred to 66S 4-7-43, transferred to 340S 15-11-43, FA AC 1-12-43, ROS, AST, assigned to 595S 18-12-43, Reid Sigrist refurb to Portugal 3-1-48.

Service

Units

  • 313th Fighter Squadron
  • 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...

  • 66th Fighter Squadron

    66th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Formed as a P-40 Warhawk pursuit squadron in January 1941 as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York. Trained in New England and provided air defense of the northeast after the Japanese...

People

  • George Teicheira

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Pilot Joined RAFVR. Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 1941. Missing from sweep [Circus 178] to Thourout 1-Jun-42, shot down by Fw190, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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 Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK 28 October 1941

Built at Eastleigh. First flew 28-10-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered Royal Air Force, Raf Station Lyneham, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 4PZ, UK 29 October 1941

Delivered to No 33 MU 29-10-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 6 November 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 6-11-41.

Presentation Spitfire Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 6 November 1941

Presentation Spitfire named 'Manchester Corporation Transport'

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 June 1942

Flying accident Cat B damage 13-6-42.

Repairs and Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 24 October 1942

Vickers Armstrong South Marston 24-10-42 fuel syst mods.

Assigned Churchstanton, Taunton, Somerset TA3, UK 4 April 1943

Assigned to 313 Sqn 4-4-43.

Transferred Churchstanton, Taunton, Somerset TA3, UK 4 July 1943

Transferred to 66 Sqn 4-7-43.

E/A Probable Brest, France 10 August 1943

Probable Me110, Nth Brest,
Pilot Sq Ldr William M Foster. 10-8-43.

E/A Kill Pointe Saint-Mathieu, 29217 Plougonvelin, France 24 September 1943

Destroyed Me110, West Pointe St Mathieu, pilot F/O George Elcombe.

Transferred Perranporth, Cornwall, UK 15 November 1943

Transferred to 340 Sqn 15-11-43.

Repair On Site ROS Perranporth, Cornwall, UK 2 December 1943

Repair On Site .

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 3 December 1943 – 17 December 1943

Air Service Training.

Assigned Aberporth, Ceredigion, UK 18 December 1943

Assigned to 595 Sqn 18-12-43.

Refurbished Desford, Leicester, Leicestershire LE9, UK December 1947

To Reid Sigrist Ltd for Refurbishment.

Transferred Portugal 3 January 1948

Transferred to Portugal AF 3-1-48.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 14:51:42 Teicheira71 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Teicheira Family Files

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:22:44 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://fyldebbmfund.wordpress.com/gifts-of-war-presentation-spitfires/
http://www.cieldegloire.com/002_raf_elcombe_g.php
http://www.cieldegloire.com/003_foster_w_m.php

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 09:28:36 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://fyldebbmfund.wordpress.com/gifts-of-war-presentation-spitfires/
http://www.cieldegloire.com/002_raf_elcombe_g.php
http://www.cieldegloire.com/003_foster_w_m.php

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 09:16:32 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://fyldebbmfund.wordpress.com/gifts-of-war-presentation-spitfires/

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