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AB929

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB929 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 39 MU 28-8-41, assigned to 306S 3-9-41, transferred to 303S 6-10-41, FA AC 29-1-42, AST 14-7-42, assigned to 334th FS USAAF 1-10-42, VASM 30-6-43 fuel syst mods MkIII IFF hook fitted, RNDA 21-1-44, dispatched to Henstridge 28-1-44, assigned to 886S 3-44, transferred to 808S 5-44, transferred to 885S 5-44, transferred to 719S St.Merryn 'S1K' 8-44 to 11-44, Drogue shot away from towing a/c port wing of firing a/c damaged towing a/c Cat X2 25-8-44 (S/L RF Plenty).

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • Thomas Andrews

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US Dallas Aviation School RAF refresher course, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71S, led Blue Flight 1st mission over Dieppe 18-8-42, transferred to 334FS 4FG 8AF USAAF 16-9-42 —...

  • Gilbert Ross

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, P/O on probation, transferred to 334 FS, promoted 2nd Lt, Take Off Accident RAF Debden, EssexCat 3 damage, Spitfire BL449. 30-12-42, on ferry flight...

  • Gordon Whitlow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 Eagle squadron 1941, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 14-9-1942. Promoted 1st Lt. Last seen following enemy aircraft inland...

Places

  • 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 August 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Colerne, Wiltshire, UK 28 August 1941

Delivered to No 39 MU 28-8-41.

Assigned Church Fenton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24, UK 3 September 1941

Assigned to 306 Sqn (City of Torun) Polish 3-9-41.

Transferred Northolt, Greater London, UK 6 October 1941

Transferred to 303 Sqn (Kościuszko) Polish 6-10-41. Pilot Boleslaw H Drobinski.

E/A Probable Gravelines, France 24 October 1941

Bf109E probable. Pilot Boleslaw H Drobinski.

Crashed Northolt, Greater London, UK 29 January 1942

Flying accident Cat AC damage 29-1-42.

E/A Kill Hazebrouck, France 13 March 1942

Bf109F kill, North West Hazebrouk. Pilot Boleslaw H Drobinski.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 14 July 1942

To Air Service Training for repair 14-7-42.

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

Assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, USAAF 1-10-42. Pilot Thomas J Andrews.

Factory Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 30 June 1943

Vickers Armstrong South Marston 30-6-43 fuel syst mods MkIII IFF hook fitted.

To Royal Navy 21 January 1944

Royal Naval Deposit Account 21-1-44.

Dispatched Henstridge, Templecombe, Somerset BA8, UK 28 January 1944

Dispatched to Henstridge 28-1-44.

Assigned Burscough, Lancashire, UK March 1944

Assigned to 886 NAS 3-44.

Transferred Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, UK May 1944

Transferred to 808 NAS 5-44.

Transferred Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, UK May 1944

Transferred to 885 Sqn 5-44.

Transferred Saint Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall PL28, UK August 1944 – November 1944

Transferred to 719 Sqn St.Merryn 'S1K' 8-44 to 11-44

Gunnery practice damage 25 August 1944

Drogue shot away from towing a/c. Port wing of firing a/c damaged. Towing a/c Cat X2 25-8-44 (S/L RF Plenty).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2015 19:52:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/005_drobinski.php
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_an...

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