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Supermarine Spitfire AB988 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 45 MU 7-10-41, assigned to 310S 17-12-41, transferred to 65S 22-3-42, Flying accident Cat AC 17-8-42, ROS, assigned to 340S 9-9-42, Scottish Aviation 25-10-42, assigned to 336th FS USAAF 3-2-43 - Pilots Winslow S 'Mike' Sobanski, Joseph G Matthews, transferred to 67th Grp USAAF 22-11-43, to Gosport Ftr Circus 23-10-44, Reid Sigrist refurb
to Portugal 15-10-47.



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  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

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  • Joseph Matthews

    Military | Captain | Pilot
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  • Winslow Sobanski

    Military | Major | Pilot
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  • Debden

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Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK September 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered RAF Kinloss, Forres, Morayshire IV36 3UH, UK 7 October 1941

Delivered to No 45 MU 7-10-41.

Assigned Cornwall, UK 17 December 1941

Assigned to 310 Sqn 17-12-41.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 March 1942

Transferred to 65 Sqn 22-3-42.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 17 August 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 17-8-42.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 18 August 1942 – 8 September 1942

Repair On Site.

Assigned Hornchurch, Greater London, UK 9 September 1942

Assigned to 340 Sqn 9-9-42.

Repaired Prestwick, South Ayrshire, UK 25 October 1942 – 2 February 1943

To Scottish Aviation 25-10-42.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 3 February 1943

Assigned to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 3-2-43. Pilots Winslow S 'Mike' Sobanski, Joseph G Matthews.

Transferred Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 22 November 1943

Transferred to 67th Grp USAAF 22-11-43.

Transferred Gosport, Hampshire, UK 23 October 1944

To Gosport Ftr Circus 23-10-44.

Refurbished Desford, Leicester, Leicestershire LE9, UK 15 September 1947 – 14 October 1947

To Reid Sigrist for refurb.

Shipped Overseas Portugal 15 October 1947

To Portugal 15-10-47.


Date Contributor Update
26 August 2015 18:25:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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