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PA892

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire PA892 PR Mk XI C/No 4996 Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory.
1st Flew 31-10-43, delivered to RAF Benson 6-11-43, assigned to 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF USAAF 17-1-44, FA Cat 3 24-3-44, to Phillips & Powis, South Marston for repair, to RAF Benson 3-4-45, Heston Aircraft Ltd 17-4-45, recat E 14-9-45, SOC.

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

  • Paul Balogh

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Shot down by German fighters over Belgium on 19 September 1944. Stayed with his crippled Spitfire Mark XI to prevent it from crashing into Creancey. Died when the Spitfire crashed outside of the town. [Document attached to database form. ] PH

  • Daniel Burrows

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Squadron Commander | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    33 photo recon missions over occupied Europe (F-5, P-38 & Spitfore MK XI). Participated in mapping Normandy invasion sites and V1 launce areas. June 1943 - February 1945. ...

  • Robert Didericksen

    Military | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Robert Dideriksen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    15th June 1944 1st Lt. Robert W. Dideriksen flew Spitfire PR Mk XI, serial number PL790, to cover recon targets at Evere/Fauville and Coulommiers. He was intercepted by Me-109’s near Paris and killed in action. MACR 5671

  • Bruce Fish

    Military | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Charles Goffin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Lt Goffin was a Belgian citizen from Graide in the province of Namur. He was killed in action on 8th September 1944 in Spitfire PRXI MB952, crashing at Reckange-les-Mersch, Luxembourg, a mere 80 kilometers from his place of birth. ...

  • Harry Novak

    Military | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Walter Weitner

    Military | Major | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    1st man to fly alone and unarmed over Berlin. won the Silver Star for this Silver Star

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 Lane, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS, UK October 1943

Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory.

First Flew Spitfire Lane, Chattis Hill, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS, UK 31 October 1943

First flew Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory airfield in hands of Leif Lundstren, 31-10-43.

Delivered Royal Air Force Station, Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6AB, UK 6 November 1943

Delivered to RAF Benson 6-11-43.

Assigned Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 17 January 1944

Assigned to 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF USAAF 17-1-44.

Crashed Mount Farm Cottage, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 24 March 1944

Landing accident, Mount Farm/Sta 234, Cat 3 damage, 24-3-44, pilot Lt Walter L Weitner.

Repaired South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 25 March 1944

To Phillips & Powis, South Marston for repair, 25-3-44.

Assigned Royal Air Force Station, Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6AB, UK 3 April 1945

Assigned to RAF Benson 3-4-45.

Repaired Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 17 April 1945

To Heston Aircraft Ltd for repair 17-4-45.

Re-categorised Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 14 September 1945

Re-categorised Cat E 14-9-45.

Struck Off Charge SOC Heston, Hounslow, Hounslow, Greater London TW5, UK 15 September 1945

Struck Off Charge 15-9-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2015 18:39:02 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 09:27:55 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

spitfirepilot.com

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 23:25:48 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Eyes of the Eighth - Patricia Fussell Keen

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