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John S Blyth


31 October 1943 in F-5A 212322 forced to return to base due to equipment problems and haze. Attempting to land at RAF Thame, did not stop in time and had accident.

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE: Spitfire 944 - US Spitfire Pilot Lt Col John S. Blyth DFC recounts exploits: -

Spitfire 944 is a short documentary in which the 83-year-old World War II pilot John S. Blyth views 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash-landing for the first time, 61 years after the event:-

Operation CROSSBOW:-

Some of his Hi-Res Recon photographs:


Units served with


  • MB955 'Lease Fleece'

    Supermarine Spitfire MB955 PR Mk XIT, Built at Chattis Hill. FF 20-10-43, delivered to Benson 5-11-43, assigned to 14PRS 7PRG 8AF USAAF 5-12-43 Lost over Holland Pilot Lt Paul A Balogh MACR 9170. 19-9-44, SOC.

  • PL-866

    Supermarine Spitfire PL866 PR Mk XI, Built at Aldermaston. ...

  • PA842 'Hot Toddy'

    Supermarine Spitfire PA842 PR Mk XIT , C/N4989, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • MB948 'Oh Johnny'

    Supermarine Spitfire MB948 Mk PR XIT, Built at Chattis Hill FF 9-10-43, Test flown Leif Lundsten, assigned to 14PRS 7FG 8AF USAAF.

  • PA944

    Supermarine Spitfire PA944 PR Mk XI, Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory. ...

  • PA841 'Kisty the 1st'

    Supermarine Spitfire PA841 Mk PRXIT Const #4993, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Event Location Date
Born 9 June 1922
Died 27 September 2016


Date Contributor Update
04 November 2021 15:17:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

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04 November 2021 11:54:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

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04 November 2021 11:24:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Information from John Bayer, LT, USN (Retired), Virginia Beach, VA USA

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 03:27:27 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank and place associations

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:38 AAM AAM ingest

7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 351 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia