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EP176

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire EP176 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
9 MU 10-Jun-42
High Ercall 21-Jun-42
8Ftr Command 27-Oct-42
345FS 350FG 8AF 30-Nov-42
FA Cat AC damage 8-Dec-42
344USAAF 15-Jan-43
109FS USAAF 21-Nov-43
FA Cat AC damage 18-May-44
LMS
recat E 14-Jul-44

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. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 350th Fighter Group

    350th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 350th Fighter Group was always intended to join the Twelfth Air Force in the North African campaign as a tactical fighter organisation, using P-39 Airacobras in ground attacks. The pilots flew practice missions from the UK before flying their...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 67th Observation Group
  • Headquarters Squadron (495th Bomb Group)
  • 109th Observation Squadron

People

  • James Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Rennes in P-47 42-26149 having dropped his bombs, formation bounced by Me109s crashed near La Ferte Mace 10-Jun-44 Prisoner of War (POW), MACR 5579. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edison Stiff

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Shot down by very accurate flak and crashed near Eckeren (known as Ekeren these days) on a bomber escort mission to Koblenz, GR in P-47D #42-75065

Places

  • 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...

  • Bushey Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Requisitioned in 1942 and handed over to the Eighth Air Force later that year; USAAF used it as the Headquarters VIIIth Fighter Command due to its proximity to RAF Fighter Command headquarters at Bentley Priory. After the Berlin Airlift (1948-49) it...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • 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 June 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Assigned Bushey Hall Rd, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2EA, UK 27 October 1942

Assigned to 8 Ftr Command 27-Oct-42.

Transferred Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 30 November 1942

Transferred to 345FS, 350FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 30 November 1942

Landing accident mech failure Duxford Cambs, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Frank W Campbell, 30-Nov-42.

345FS 350FG 8AF.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 8 December 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 8-Dec-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 January 1943

Transferred to 344FS 4FG 8AF USAAF 15-Jan-43.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 11 March 1943

Landing accident Atcham/Sta 342 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt James F Casey, 11-Mar-43.

8AF.

Transferred Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK 21 November 1943

Transferred to 109FS USAAF 21-Nov-43.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 18 May 1944

Taxiing accident Cat AC damage 18-May-44. Pilot Lt Edison G Stiff.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK June 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn 495FTG 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Barassie, Troon, South Ayrshire 8 July 1944

Ferrying aircraft for delivery to RAF. Pilot [Capt William J Varley] executed low approach pattern, undershot about 30 yards, touched down in oat field, shearing off landing gear. Aircraft slid into landing area on belly. Major damage to propellor, engine, flaps, undercarriage. Minor damage to wings, lower cowling, under fuselage. 8-Jul-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 21:46:44 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=EP176
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?751-USAAF-RAF-aircrft-ac...
http://www.8thafhs.com/old/get_one_mission.php?mission_id=23

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