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Sitting in its revetment at Debden in February 1943 is Spitfire Mk Vb AV-V, Serial No. BM309, of the 335th Fighter Squadron.
On 22 January it had been used by 2nd Lt. Robert A. Boock to destroy an Fw 190 northwest of Dunkirk in the 4th Fighter Group's last big engagement with the Spitfire.

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Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

People

  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26 January 1943 (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 6 April 1943, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North...

Aircraft

  • BM309

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM309 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Locations

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 20:33:24 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholz.

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