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W3718

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3718 Mk Vb Const #1935, Built at High Post.
First Flew 8-Aug-41
37 MU 11-Aug-41
306S 3-Sep-41
303S 6-Oct-41
316S 9-Jan-42
4FS USAAF 6-Aug-42
12ObSqn 67ObGrp 8AF USAAF
66S 12-Oct-43
340S 'GW-T' 15-Nov-43
239S 16-Feb-44
26S 22-Mar-44
278S 27-Sep-44
53 Operational Training Unit 22-Feb-45
Stalled on approach Hibaldstow crashed Cat CE damage 26-Apr-45

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. ...

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 67th Observation Group
  • 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

Places

  • Eglinton

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1940-41, Eighth Air Force lodger units moved in in 1942. The 52nd Fighter Group and 82nd Fighter Group used the airfield, before the Royal Navy moved in and occupied the base until 1959. Partly closed, it was still used by the...

  • Greenham Common

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1942 as an Operational Training Unit, it was handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, and was the 51st Troop Carrier Wing's HQ in 1942. Greenham Common became a Ninth Air Force base in 1943, and was then home to a series of...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured High Post, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4, UK August 1941

Built at High Post.

Transferred Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK August 1942

4FS, 52FG 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Greenham Rd, West Berkshire, UK 1943

Transferred to 12ObSqn 67ObGrp 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 28 March 1943

Forced Landing Engine Failure RAF #C456 Cat 2 damage, pilot Lt Clarence E Louder Jr, 28-Mar-43.

12OS 67OG 8AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 16:17:17 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=W3718&Submit4=Go
http://raf-112-squadron.org/52ndfghonor_roll42_43.html

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