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PL962

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire PL962 PR Mk XI.
Delivered to No 9 MU 24-9-44, assigned to 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF USAAF 3-10-44.
Crashed Lille, France. 15th Jan 45, pilot James F Tostevin, MACR 11851.

On the 15th January 1945 Tostevin took off from Mount Farm in Spitfire XI PL962 on a Photo-Recon mission to Berlin and Misburg. He reached the target area and took his photos and was on the return leg of his journey when he began to run short of fuel. He radioed his Mustang escort to tell them that he was going to attempt a landing on the Continent and was looking for a landing area near Lille, France. The escort returned to the UK and assumed that 1/Lt. Tostevin had landed in France, and would return to Mount Farm when he had refuelled. There are no known records to indicate what happened and it is assumed that he crashed somewhere near Abbeville.

Picture of A/C:
http://www.ww2color.com/nennius/webapps/slides/slides.php?action=update&...

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

  • James Tostevin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    On the 15th January 1945 he took off from Mount Farm in Spitfire XI (PL962) on a Photo-Recon mission to Berlin and Misburg. He reached the target area and took his photos and was on the return leg of his journey when he began to run short fuel. He...

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
Delivered Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 24 September 1944

Delivered to No 9 MU 24-9-44.

Assigned Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 3 October 1944

Assigned to 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF USAAF 3-10-44.

Crashed Abbeville, France 15 January 1945

Crashed Lille, France. 15th Jan 45, pilot James F Tostevin, MACR 11851.

On the 15th January 1945 Tostevin took off from Mount Farm in Spitfire XI PL962 on a Photo-Recon mission to Berlin and Misburg. He reached the target area and took his photos and was on the return leg of his journey when he began to run short of fuel. He radioed his Mustang escort to tell them that he was going to attempt a landing on the Continent and was looking for a landing area near Lille, France. The escort returned to the UK and assumed that 1/Lt. Tostevin had landed in France, and would return to Mount Farm when he had refuelled. There are no known records to indicate what happened and it is assumed that he crashed somewhere near Abbeville.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2015 16:49:01 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

http://www.ww2color.com

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 18:19:14 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 16:33:50 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM Database / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 11851

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

MACR 11851 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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