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BL437

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BL437 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 5 MU 10-12-41, assigned to 222S 2-1-42, Cat B on Ops 25-3-42
Air Service Training, 71S 21-8-42, transferred to 334th FS USAAF 1-10-42, transferred to 403S 23-3-43, transferred to 411S 16-9-43, transferred to 341S 17-10-43, transferred to 602S 25-1-44, to Reid Sigrist for refurb, to Portugal 1-8-47.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 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

  • Victor France

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 4th Fighter Group
    Victor France was from Dallas, Texas, and he appropriately named his P-47 and later his ...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • 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 December 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered RAF Lyneham Flying Club, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6BA, UK 10 December 1941

Delivered to No 5 MU 10-12-41.

Assigned North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 2 January 1942

Assigned to 222 Sqn 2-1-42.

Combat damage North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 25 March 1942

Cat B damage on Ops 25-3-42.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 26 March 1942 – 20 August 1942

Air Service Training for repair.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 21 August 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 21-8-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 October 1942

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 December 1942

Taxiing accident Cat 3 damage, RAF Debden, Essex, pilot Victor J France 30-12-42.

Repaired 31 December 1942 – 22 March 1943

Repaired - location unknown.

Transferred Baginton, Coventry, Warwickshire, UK 23 March 1943

Transferred to 403 Sqn (RCAF) 23-3-43.

Transferred Digby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4, UK 16 September 1943

Transferred to 411 Sqn (City of York) RCAF 16-9-43.

Transferred London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 17 October 1943

Transferred to 341 Sqn 17-10-43.

Transferred Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14, UK 25 January 1944

Transferred to 602 Sqn 25-1-44.

Factory Refurb New Malden, Greater London, UK January 1947 – 31 July 1947

To Reid Sigrist for refurb.

Shipped overseas Portugal 1 August 1947

To Portugal 1-8-47.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:32:18 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BL-437

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 20:19:17 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.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BL-437

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