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Supermarine Spitfire X4669 Mk Va Const #1647, Built at Eastleigh.
First Flew 9-5-41
38MU 11-5-41
64S 16-5-41
603S 21-5-41
81S 7-1-42
165S 12-4-42
Flying accident Cat AC 4-5-42
Repair On Site
167S 28-5-42
5th FS 52 FG 8AF USAAF 22-8-42
109 Obs Sqn, 6th FW, 8AF USAAF
crashed Kings Nordley Salop 27-3-43

Aerobatics training - Crashed at Kingsordley, between Quatt and Tuckhill to the south-east of Bridgnorth, at 14.40 hrs. The pilot was attempting a forced landing, after the engine began to falter due to a glycol leak, when he is believed to have been overcome by fumes on the approach and crashed through a hedge, ripping off both wings and skidding across a narrow lane, before coming to rest inverted and on fire. Pilot F/O John L Becker KIFA.



  • 6th Fighter Wing
  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from Northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

  • 109th Observation Squadron


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK May 1941

Built at Eastleigh.

Presentation Spitfire Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 16 May 1941

Presentation Spitfire named Kaffraria II.

Transferred England, UK 28 August 1942

Transferred to 5th FS 52nd FG 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 1943

109 Obs Sqn, 6th FW, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Bridge, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 6TD, UK 27 March 1943

Crashed Engine Failure King North Bridge Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt John L Becker KIFA, 27-Mar-43.

109 OB 6 FW 8AF


Date Contributor Update
12 February 2016 20:07:32 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

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