BL964

Object Number - UPL 17760 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb BL964 having been pancaked by Lt Col Albert P Clark XO 31st FG whilst on familiarisation flight in ETO [412 Sqn RCAF] shot...

Supermarine Spitfire BL964 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 5 MU 22-2-42, assigned to 64S 28-3-42, FA Cat CB 3-4-42, 412S 7-42, FTR fighter sweep to Abbeville 26-7-42 [ETO familiarisation, one of 3 x US officers on the mission], hit by a Fw190 of JG26 and his engine having failed, Lt Col Albert P Clark [Executive Officer 31st FG] put down his Spitfire in a field, thus becoming the first 8th AF fighter pilot to be shot down over Europe. Taken prisoner, his captors being somewhat baffled by his American uniform and his high rank.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group
  • Service Numbers: O-020218
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Manufactured

Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered

RAF Lyneham Flying Club, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6BA, UK 1942-02-22 Delivered to No 5 MU 22-2-42.

Assigned

Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, UK 1942-03-28 Assigned to 64 Sqn 28-3-42.

Crashed

1942-04-03 Flying accident Cat CB damage 3-4-42.

Other

Repair On Site ROS

Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, UK 1942-04-04 Repair On Site.

Assigned

Assigned to 412 Sqn. 7-42.

Crashed

Transferred

Cap Gris-Nez, 62179 Audinghen, France 1942-07-26 FTR mission with 412 Sqn for ETO experience, hit by fire from a 6./JG26 Fw190 and his engine having failed, Lt Col Albert P Clark [Executive Officer 31st FG] put down his Spitfire in a field, thus becoming the first 8th Air Force fighter pilot to be shot down over Europe. Taken prisoner, his captors being somewhat baffled by his American uniform and his high rank. 26-7-42.

Other

Transferred post FTR

1942-07-27 Post 'Failed To Return' [FTR] from mission, transferred on paper to 309th FS USAAF.

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