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AD564

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AD564 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 9 MU 1-12-41, assigned to 124S 16-12-41, AST 23-12-41, assigned to 71S 19-4-42, transferred to 334th FS USAAF 1-10-42, transferred to 109th OS, 67th OG. 4-43, taxiing accident Atcham 7-5-43, transferred to 551th FTS, 495th FTG 5-43, crashed Atcham 26-5-43, 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. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 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 Observation Group
  • 109th Observation Squadron
  • 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...

  • 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

People

  • Oscar Coen

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander | 356th Fighter Group
    Oscar Coen was born in Wallum, North Dakota on 11 May 1917. He spent his boyhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a bachelor of science degree. ...

  • Joesph Icard

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    His 5th victim was Fw. Richard Guthmann (Killed in Action (KIA)) of 9/JG-1 on 8 Feb, 1944 in Bf109 G-6, wk 41-1081 'Yellow 15' at Polleur, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA) DFC 2Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM/ ETO/ AD/ WWIIV/ PH

  • Henry Mills

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Mills 'Hank' was born in New York City on 18 October 1917. His various civilian accomplishments were playing varsity football while attending Dartmouth college and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as graduating in 1939. He then went to...

  • William O'Regan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, transfer to 334th FS, 4th FG, ...

  • John Woods

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Johnny was a graduate of Woodlawn High School and attended Howard College, where he was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He joined the Army Air Force in January 1942, and received his wings and commission at Napier Field, Dothan, December, 1942....

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...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • Membury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training base, Membury was built during 1942, and then upgraded in 1943 after allocation to the USAAF as a reconnaissance or transport base, with maintenance and repair depot facilities. It had eventually three concrete...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK December 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP, UK 1 December 1941

Delivered to No 9 MU 1-12-41.

Assigned London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK 16 December 1941

Assigned to 124 Sqn (Baroda) 16-12-41.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 23 December 1941 – 18 April 1942

Air Service Training for repair 23-12-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 19 April 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 19-4-42. Pilot Oscar H Coen.

E/A Kill 3 x 1/2 share Saint-Omer, France 27 April 1942

FW190 3 x 1/2 shares St Omer, pilot Oscar H Coen.

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

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42. Pilot Henry L 'Hank' Mills.

Transferred Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK April 1943

Transferred to 109th OS, 67th OG. 4-43.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK May 1943

Transferred to 551th FTS, 495th FTG. 5-43.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 7 May 1943

Taxiing accident Atcham/Sta 342, Cat 3 damage. Pilot Joe W Icard, 109thOS 67thOG 8thAF, Home base Membury/Stn 466.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 26 May 1943

Crashed after stall Atcham/Sta 342, Cat 5 Damage 26-5-43. Pilot John (NMI) Woods KIFA,
551FTS, 495FTG, 8thAF.

Struck Off Charge SOC Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 27 May 1943

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:20:09 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AD564&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_mi...
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_coen_o_h.php
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces of WWII, Volume One, Volume 2 by Christopher Shores & Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2015 10:13:48 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AD564&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_mi...
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_coen_o_h.php
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces of WWII, Volume One, Volume 2 by Christopher Shores & Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2015 10:05:36 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.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=AD564&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_mi...
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_coen_o_h.php
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces of WWII, Volume One, Volume 2 by Christopher Shores & Clive Williams

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