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AB812

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB812 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 6 MU 20-8-41, assigned to 71S 26-8-41, Flying accident Cat AC 27-3-42, fuel syst mods wing stiff, assigned to 65S 16-4-42, transferred to 132S 23-5-42, transferred to 302S 28-6-42, Cat E 30-6-42, ROS, assigned to 306S 3-10-42, FA Cat AC 1-1-44, ROS, Heston Aircraft Ltd major repair 18-3-44, assigned to 1 Air Gunners School 5-2-45, SOC 3-9-46.

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

  • Gregory Daymond

    Military | Major | Squadron Commander | 4th Fighter Group
    Born in Great Falls, Montana, in November 1920, Gregory soon became known as Gus, from his middle name Augustus. He grew up in California, and upon graduating from high school he worked in the motion picture industry in various positions. He took...

Places

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • 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.

Delivered RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3LX, UK 20 August 1941

Delivered to No 6 MU 20-8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 August 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 26-8-41.

E/A Kill Dunkirk, France 19 September 1941

Bf109F destroyed Dunkirk-Dover, pilot F/O Gregory A 'Gus' Daymond. 19-9-41.

E/A Probable Dunkirk, France 19 September 1941

Bf109F probable Dunkirk-Dover, pilot F/O Gregory A 'Gus' Daymond. 19-9-41.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 27 March 1942

Flying accident Cat AC 27-3-42.

Factory for Mods 28 March 1942 – 15 April 1942

Repairs plus Fuel syst mods and wing stiff mods.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 April 1942

Assigned to 65 Sqn 16-4-42.

Transferred Skeabrae, Orkney, Orkney KW17, UK 23 May 1942

Transferred to 132 Sqn 23-5-42.

Transferred Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 28 June 1942

Transferred to 302 (City of Poznan) Polish Sqn 28-6-42.

Damaged Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 30 June 1942

Cat E damage 30-6-42.

Assigned Northolt, Greater London, UK 3 October 1942

Assigned to 306 Sqn (City of Torun) Polish 3-10-42.

Crashed Northolt, Greater London, UK 1 January 1944

Flying accident Cat AC damage 1-1-44

Repair On Site ROS Northolt, Greater London, UK 2 January 1944 – 17 March 1944

Repair On Site.

Factory major repair Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 18 March 1944

Heston Aircraft Ltd major repair 18-3-44.

Assigned Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, UK 5 February 1945

Assigned to 1 Air Gunners School 5-2-45.

Struck Off Charge SOC Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, UK 3 September 1946

Struck Off Charge 3-9-46.

Repair On Site ROS Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK

Repair On Site.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:49:51 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces of WWII, Volume One, Volume 2

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 20:52:51 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.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces of WWII, Volume One, Volume 2

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