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AB976

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB976 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
6 MU 30-Aug-41
306S 6-Sep-41
303S 6-Oct-41
Air Service Training Heston 3-Dec-41
107ObSqn 67ObGrp 8AF USAAF 16-Oct-42
31st Air Transport Group

Service

Units

Places

  • Grove

    Military site : airfield
    Grove was originally intended to be a base for an RAF Operational Training Unit. Construction began in late 1941 and the airfield was usable by October 1942. The airfield was built to a standard design for bomber bases, with a main 6,000 feet runway,...

  • Keevil

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Keevil was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 51 pan hardstandings, two T2 hangars and nine...

  • Membury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training base, Membury was built during 1942, and then upgraded in 1943 after allocation to the USAAF as a reconnaissance or transport base, with maintenance and repair depot facilities. It had eventually three concrete...

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

E/A Destroyed Rue d'Hardelot, 62430 Sallaumines, France 13 October 1941

Bf109E destroyed Hardelot
Pilot Sq Ldr Jan Zumbach. 13-Oct-41.

E/A Destroyed Rue d'Hardelot, 62430 Sallaumines, France 13 October 1941

Fw190 destroyed Hardelot
Pilot Sq Ldr Jan Zumbach. 13-Oct-41.

E/A Destroyed Rue d'Hardelot, 62430 Sallaumines, France 24 October 1941

Bf109F destroyed Hardelot
Pilot Sq Ldr Jan Zumbach. 24-Oct-41.

Transferred Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK 16 October 1942

Transferred to 107ObSqn 67ObGrp 8AF USAAF 16-Nov-42.

Crashed Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14, UK 7 March 1943

Taxiing accident Keevil/Sta 471 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Dwight R Smith, 7-Mar-43

107OS 67OG 8AF

Crashed Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK 17 March 1943

Taxiing accident Membury/Sta 466 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John W Braucht, 17-Mar-43.

107OS 67OG 8AF

Transferred Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12, UK 1944

Transferred to 31st Air Transport Group.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2016 20:55:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AB976
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

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