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MB945

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire MB945 PR Mk XIT, Built at Chattis Hill.
FF 5-10-43, delivered to RAF Benson 7-10-43, assigned to 14PRS, 7PRG, 8AF USAAF 30-10-43. Lost, MACR speculates pilot lost and ran out of Gas in nothern France, possibly fell into German hands and used by Zirkus Rosarius as T9+BB, Pilot Franklyn K Van Wart, 14PRS 7PRG 8AF POW 1-3-44. MACR 2744.

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. ...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

  • 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

People

  • Franklin Van Wart

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Pilot Spitfire MB945 PR Mk XIT 14PRS, 7PRG, 8AF USAAF. Lost, MACR 2744 speculates pilot was lost and ran out of Gas in nothern France, POW. 1-3-44. Held at Stalag Luft I Barth Vogelsang Prussia 54.

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Chattis Hill, Spitfire Ln, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS, UK 5 October 1943 – 1 March 1944

Built at Chattis Hill. First flew 5-10-43.

Delivered Royal Air Force, RAF Benson, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6AA, UK 7 October 1943

Delivered to RAF Benson 7-10-43.

Assigned Mt Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 30 October 1943

Assigned to 14PRS, 7PRG, 8AF USAAF 30-10-43.

Crashed Nth France 1 March 1944

Lost, MACR speculates pilot lost and ran out of Gas in nothern France, possibly fell into German hands and used by Zirkus Rosarius as T9+BB, Pilot Lt Franklyn K Van Wart, 14PRS 7PRG 8AF POW 1-3-44. MACR 2744.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2015 12:26:41 Lucy May Changes to serial number
Sources

Changed serial number from MB-945 to MB945 as instructed.

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2015 12:32:43 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=MB945&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28738786/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2744 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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