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EN951

Spitfire

Supermarine Spifire EN951 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircaft Factory.
Delivered to No 33 MU 17-5-42, assigned to 133S 'MD-U' 13-6-42 pilot Lt Don Blakeslee, transferred to 303S 20-4-43, transferred to 315S 6-6-43, Cat AC damage on Ops 11-7-43, ROS, assigned to 504S 10-10-43, transferred to 129S 26-1-44, to Vickers Armstrong South Marston 20-3-44 fuel syst mods, assigned to Central Gunnery School 27-9-44, transferred to 5516M 28-7-45

Service

Units

  • 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

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer | 4th Fighter Group
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...

Places

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Eglinton

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1940-41, Eighth Air Force lodger units moved in in 1942. The 52nd Fighter Group and 82nd Fighter Group used the airfield, before the Royal Navy moved in and occupied the base until 1959. Partly closed, it was still used by the...

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircaft Factory.

Delivered Lyneham, Wiltshire, UK 17 May 1942

Delivered to No 33 MU 17-5-42.

Assigned London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Rd, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 13 June 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn 'MD-U' pilot Lt Don Blakeslee 13-6-42.

Transferred Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 20 April 1943

Transferred to 303 (Kościuszko) Polish Sqn 20-4-43. Pilot Sqn Ldr Jan Zumbach.

Transferred Northolt, Greater London, UK 6 June 1943

Transferred to 315 Sqn (City of Deblin) Polish 6-6-43.

Combat damage Northolt, Greater London, UK 11 July 1943

Cat AC damage on Op's 11-7-43.

Repair On Site ROS Northolt, Greater London, UK 12 July 1943 – 9 October 1943

Repair On Site.

Assigned Castletown, Thurso, Highland KW14, UK 10 October 1943

Assigned to 504 (County of Nottingham) Sqn 10-10-43.

Transferred Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, UK 26 January 1944

Transferred to 129 (Mysore) Sqn 26-1-44.

Factory mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 20 March 1944 – 26 September 1944

To Vickers Armstrong South Marston 20-3-44 fuel syst mods.

Assigned Catfoss, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU11, UK 27 September 1944

Assigned to Central Gunnery School 27-9-44.

Transferred 28 July 1945

Transferred to 5516M 28-7-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 10:05:51 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2015 20:52:17 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2015 18:05:47 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2015 14:59:43 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2015 21:36:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/uk/raf/spitfire/spitfire-md-u-of-...

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