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AB810

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB810 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 12 MU 17-8-41, assigned to 71S 26-8-41, shot down by Fw190s on sweep to Hazebrouck 12-4-42 P/O Ben F Mays KIA. SOC.

Service

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

  • Ben Mays

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF Jan 42. Shot down in Spitfire AB810 by Fw190s on fighter sweep to Hazebrouck 12-4-42 shot down south east of St Omer, France...

  • 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. ...

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 Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK July 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Kirkbride Airfield, Wigton, Cumbria CA7, UK 17 August 1941

Delivered to No 12 MU 17-8-41

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 August 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 26-8-41.

E/A probable Mardyck, France 27 September 1941

Claimed Bf109F probable between Mardyck and Mazingarbe, pilot F/O Chesley G Peterson. 27-9-41.

Crashed Hazebrouck, France 12 April 1942

Shot down by Fw190's on sweep to Hazebrouck 12-4-42 P/O Ben F Mays KIA.

Struck Off Charge SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 April 1942

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:21:23 Al_Skiff Changes to description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_peterson_c_g.php

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 21:46:17 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/014_peterson_c_g.php

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