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Supermarine Spitfire BL338 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 8 MU 15-11-41, assigned to 72S 21-11-41, FA Cat CB 14-3-42, to AST, assigned to 308th FS, 31st FG USAAF 5-42, FTR Dieppe raid 19-8-42. MACR 16481.



  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron


  • William Dabney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Lost flying with the Kenley Sector in Spitfire 19 August 1942.


  • VIII Fighter Command

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...


  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Kenley

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units; USAAF using Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations between British and US forces. During 1943 RAF aircraft,, continued to escort...


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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Little Rissington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54, UK 15 November 1941

Delivered to No 8 MU 15-11-41.

Assigned Gravesend, Kent, UK 21 November 1941

Assigned to 72 Sqn 21-11-41.

Crashed 14 March 1942

Flying accident Cat CB damage 14-3-42.

Factory repair Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 15 March 1942 – 12 May 1942

To Air Service Training for repair.

Assigned Kenley, Greater London, UK 13 May 1942

Assigned to 308th FS, 31st FG USAAF 5-42.

Crashed Engish Channel off Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Failed To Return FTR, shot down on Dieppe raid 19-8-42. Pilot William AM Dabney KIA, MACR 16481.


Date Contributor Update
23 September 2015 18:25:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

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