SPITFIRE MK ONE - 'BOLSOVER' - R7261 - photo via Mr A N Bridgewater, Bolsover Historian, from a negative via Andrew Ball.
Funded in 1940 at a cost (then) of £5800 via Lord Beaverbrook's scheme (British Government Minister for Aircraft Production) whereby towns and cities were encouraged to raise money to pay for the cost of RAF aircraft, this Spitfire was purchased by the citizens of Bolsover in Derbyshire. She served with 52nd Fighter Group USAAF at RAF Eglinton, Londonderry, Northern Ireland on combat air patrols and shipping escort duties from July 12th 1942-September 2nd 1942, when damaged in a collision with high-tension electricity cables. The aircraft was then assigned to a civilian repair unit in Belfast and then returned to the RAF.
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...
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...
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