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AB909

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB909 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 6 MU 16-8-41, assigned to 71S 2-9-41, shot down by Bf109 on sweep over France 7-9-41, SOC 30-11-41.

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

  • William Nichols

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, FTR 7-9-41, POW.

  • 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 August 1941

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. 8-41.

Delivered RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3LX, UK 16 August 1941

Delivered to No 6 MU 16-8-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 September 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 2-9-41.

Crashed France 7 September 1941

Shot down by Bf109 on sweep over France 7-9-41. Pilot P/O W H Nicholls POW.

Struck Off Charge SOC Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 November 1941

Struck Off Charge 30-11-41.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 14:45:24 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2015 12:57:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2015 12:16:34 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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