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W3627

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire W3627 Mk Vb, Const #1954, Built at Chattis Hill.
First flew 13-8-41, delivered to No 39 MU 16-8-41, assigned to 71S 27-8-41, collided during close formation practice with W3963 (Sq/Ldr Stanley T Meares DFC [37683] KIFA) and crashed 1 mile S of Standon, Hertfordshire Cat E 15-11-41. Pilot P/O Ross O Scarborough [65976] KIFA. SOC 23-11-41.

Service

Aircraft

  • W3963

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3963 Mk Vb, Const # 2169 Built at High Post, Salisbury. FF 6-10-41, delivered to No 38 MU 14-10-41, assigned to 71S 22-10-41, Collided with W3627 on training flight FA Cat E both pilots KIFA. 16-11-41

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Units

  • 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

  • Stanley Meares

    Military | Squadron Leader | Pilot / Sqn Commander
    Flight Lt Meares, No 611 Squadron, was awarded the DFC in July 1941 in recognition of his gallantry. The London Gazette records that he carried out 28 operations over enemy territory, during which he destroyed two Messerschmitt 109Fs and damaged two...

  • Chesley Peterson

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander | 4th Fighter Group
    Whilst serving with No. 71 Eagle Squadron, he was promoted to Flt Lt - the first American in the Eagle Squadrons to be promoted above the enlisted rank of Pilot Officer. ...

  • Ross Scarborough

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    US citizen born in Hidalgo County, New Mexico., Ross Scarborough joined the RAFVR in 1941[RAF No. 65976], before being assigned to Squadron 133, the third "Eagle" Squadron. In September 1941 he was transferred to Squadron 71 "Eagle". ...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Chattis Hill, Spitfire Lane, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS, UK 13 August 1941

Built at Chattis Hill. First flew 13-8-41. Factory airfield.

Delivered Colerne, Wiltshire, UK 18 August 1941

Delivered to No 39 MU 16-8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 27 August 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 27-8-41.

E/A Kill Boulogne-sur-Mer, France 7 September 1941

Destroyed Bf 109F Nr Boulogne whilst being piloted by Fl Lt Chesley Gordon Peterson. 7-9-41.

E/A damaged Mazingarbe, France 17 September 1941

Damaged Bf 109F Nr Mazingarbe whilst being piloted by Fl Lt Chesley Gordon Peterson. 17-9-41.

E/A Kill Le Touquet, France 18 September 1941

Destroyed Bf 109E Nr S Le Touquet whilst being piloted by Fl Lt Chesley Gordon Peterson. 18-9-41.

Crashed Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire SG11, UK 15 November 1941

Collided during close formation practice with W3963 (Sq/Ldr Stanley T Meares DFC [37683] KIFA) and crashed 1 mile S of Standon, Hertfordshire Cat E 15-11-41. Pilot P/O Ross O Scarborough [65976] KIFA.

Struck Off Charge SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 November 1941

Struck Off Charge 23-11-41.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 13:33:22 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2015 17:29:32 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the ..., Volume 2 By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2015 17:08:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

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