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AB827

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB827 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 37 MU 24-8-41, assigned to 71S 10-9-41, missing from ground attack mission 20-10-41.

Service

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

  • Oscar Coen

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander | 356th Fighter Group
    Oscar Coen was born in Wallum, North Dakota on 11 May 1917. He spent his boyhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a bachelor of science degree. ...

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 Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK August 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. 8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 September 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 10-9-41.

E/A Probable Mazingarbe, France 27 September 1941

Bf109E probable Mazingarbe, pilot P/O Oscar H Coen. 27-9-41.

E/A Kill Dunkirk, France 16 October 1941

Hs126 destroyed 5 miles SE Dunkirk, P/O Carroll W McColpin. 16-10-41.

Crashed Calais, France 20 October 1941

Missing from ground attack mission 20-10-41. Pilot P/O Oscar H Coen was flying a two ship low-level Rhubarb flight looking for "targets of opportunity" over Calais. He was hit by the debris from a train he had just attacked and forced to bale out a few miles south of the town. He hurt both ankles in the landing but still managed to walk about 3 miles before finding someone to help him. He managed to evade capture and via the Resistance to return to England via the Pyrenees and the Barcelona Consulate.

Struck Off Charge SOC 21 October 1941

Struck Off Charge. 21-10-41.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:31:43 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.conscript-heroes.com/Art18-The-Big-Party-960.htm
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 20:00:15 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.conscript-heroes.com/Art18-The-Big-Party-960.htm
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2
By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 19:58:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.conscript-heroes.com/Art18-The-Big-Party-960.htm
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2
By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

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