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1st Lt Don Gentile's Spitfire wore two kill markings above the boxing eagle, denoting the Ju 88 and Fw 190 he claimed north of Dieppe during the ill-fated 19 August 1942 raid.

Supermarine Spitfire BL776 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
39MU 14-2-42
145S 13-6-42
133S 30-9-42
336S 1-10-42
DeH 18-8-43
Cunliffe-Owen 28-2-44 Cv
RNAS 880S Henstridge 9-4-44
as trainer 759S Yeovilton 9-44
761S Henstridge 1-45



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Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 14:41:08 Emily Changes to markings, description and media associations

Information provided by Peter Randall from No 133 Squadron Operational Record Book (ORB)

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 19:21:51 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

Spitfire Production List.
American Eagles - American volunteers in the RAF 1937-1943 by Tony Holmes

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2015 14:26:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Spitfire Production List.
American Eagles - American volunteers in the RAF 1937-1943 by Tony Holmes