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BL722

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BL722 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 38 MU 22-1-42, assigned to 222S 28-2-42, Cat B on Ops 4-6-42, to Westland, assigned to 306S 30-8-42, transferred to 133S 29-9-42, transferred to 336th FS 1-10-42, transferred to 57OTU 17-8-44, takeoff coarse pitch hit obst Eshott Cat E 12-10-44, SOC.

2nd Lt. James 'Goody' Goodson and Capt. 'Dixie' Alexander sought permission from squadron CO, Maj. Don Blakeslee, to make the first flight of an American-marked fighter over the European continent, and he granted it with one proviso - they had to paint over the British roundels with white stars first. The only template handy was a crew chief's medallion, hence the somewhat-ironic use of the Star of David on these Spitfires.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    The four Squadrons of the 67th Recon Group (12th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 107th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 109th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron and 153rd Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron)...

  • 107th Reconnaissance Squadron
  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

People

  • Richard Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1940, and was awarded his pilot wings on September 15, 1941, joining the 133 Eagle Squadron in England. Alexander was credited with destroying 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable, before...

  • Frederick Christensen

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Fred Christensen was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in the Summer of 1943, as a replacement pilot. He shot down his first aircraft in November 1943. On 7 July 1944, Christensen became the first pilot in the 8th Air Force to shoot down six enemy...

  • James Goodson

    Military | Major | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Major Goodson was a U.S. citizen born in New York City on 21 March 1921 of British parents. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, by his mother following his father's death. In 1939, upon graduation from high school, he had no money but a desire to meet...

  • LeRoy Gover

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Leroy Gover lived in San Carlos, California. He had the 'bug' for flying and soloed a biplane on his sixteenth birthday. After graduating from high school he helped his father build homes, and learned the skills necessary to become a builder himself....

Places

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK January 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Llandow, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71, UK 22 January 1942

Delivered to No 38 MU 22-1-42.

Assigned North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 28 February 1942

Assigned to 222 Sqn 28-2-42.

Combat damage North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HR, UK 4 June 1942

Cat B damage on Op's 4-6-42.

Factory repair Yeovil, Somerset, UK 5 June 1942 – 29 August 1942

To Westland for repair.

Assigned Northolt, Greater London, UK 30 August 1942

Assigned to 306 Sqn (City of Torun) Polish 30-8-42.

Transferred London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 29 September 1942

Transferred to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 29-9-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 October 1942

Transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. 1-10-42.

Crashed Chivenor, Braunton, Barnstaple, Devon EX31, UK 28 October 1943

Taxiing accident RAF Chivenor Cat 3 damage pilot Lt Don E Colton 107th RS 67th RG 9th AF 28-10-43.

Transferred Hawarden, Deeside, Flintshire CH5, UK 17 August 1944

Transferred to 57 OTU 17-8-44.

Crashed Eshott, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65, UK 12 October 1944

Take off in coarse pitch hit obstacle Eshott Cat E damage 12-10-44.

Struck Off Charge SOC Hawarden, Deeside, Flintshire CH5, UK 13 October 1944

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2015 18:48:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BL722

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2015 18:43:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BL722

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2015 11:18:57 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas.
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_go...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_al...

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 20:43:15 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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