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AB199

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire AB199 Mk Vb, Const #2391, Built at Eastleigh.
FF 11-12-41, delivered to No 5 MU 16-12-41, assigned to 71S 2-2-42, damaged ops 19-8-42, Vickers Armstrong South Marston 6-10-42 fuel syst mods, assigned to 129S 12-3-43, transferred to 453S 17-7-43, transferred to 341S 3-11-43, AST 11-11-43, VASM 20-11-43 M46 install, assigned to USAAF 9-5-44, transferred to 31st Transport Grp 9-7-44, transferred to 11FU 4-1-45, to 1 OADU 8-1-45, to Armee de l'Air 19-1-45 GC2/18.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 31st Transport Group
  • 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 Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, ...

  • 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

  • Grove

    Military site : airfield
    Grove was originally intended to be a base for an RAF Operational Training Unit. Construction began in late 1941 and the airfield was usable by October 1942. The airfield was built to a standard design for bomber bases, with a main 6,000 feet runway,...

  • 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...

  • Smith’s Lawn

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7, UK 16 December 1941

Delivered to No 5 MU 16-12-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 February 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 2-2-42.

Presentation Spitfire Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 February 1942

Presentation Spitfire named 'Mespotamia (Britons in Iraq).

Bomber escort mission Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 June 1942

Chesley Peterson was tasked to lead 71 Squadron on a bomber escort mission, his A/C not being available he took AB199. 1-6-42.

Combat damage Friston, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17, UK 19 August 1942

Damaged on Op's 19-8-42. Force Landed Friston. Pilot P/O W B Morgan.

Repaired / Factory Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 6 October 1942

To Vickers Armstrong South Marston 6-10-42 repair and fuel syst mods.

Assigned Leconfield, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17, UK 12 March 1943

Assigned to 129 Sqn (Mysore) 12-3-43.

Transferred Ibsley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24, UK 17 July 1943

Transferred to 453 Sqn 17-7-43. Coded FU-E.

Transferred Cornwall, UK 3 November 1943

Transferred to 341 Sqn 3-11-43.

Repaired Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK 11 November 1943

To Air Service Training for repairs 11-11-43.

Factory Mods South Marston, Swindon, Swindon SN3, UK 20 November 1943

To Vickers Armstrong South Marston 20-11-43 M46 install.

Assigned England, UK 9 May 1944

Assigned to USAAF 9-5-44.

Transferred Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12, UK 9 July 1944

Transferred to 31st Transport Grp 9-7-44.

Transferred Talbenny, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62, UK 4 January 1945

Transferred to 11 FU 4-1-45.

Overseas Dispatch Portreath, Redruth, Cornwall TR16, UK 8 January 1945 – 18 January 1945

To 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit 8-1-45.

Transferred France 19 January 1945

Transferred to Armee de l'Air 19-1-45.

Assigned Allemands, 82600, France 20 January 1945

Assigned to GC2/18.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:03:02 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.adf-serials.com.au/spitfire.htm
https://fyldebbmfund.wordpress.com/gifts-of-war-presentation-spitfires/
http://www.starduststudios.com/chesley-peterson.html

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2015 14:58:51 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.adf-serials.com.au/spitfire.htm
https://fyldebbmfund.wordpress.com/gifts-of-war-presentation-spitfires/
http://www.starduststudios.com/chesley-peterson.html

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