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BL449

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BL449 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 24 MU 5-12-41, assigned to 71S 26-2-42, Cat AC on Ops 1-6-42, ROS, assigned to 344th USAAF 1-10-42, Flying accident Cat B 30-12-42, to Westland, assigned to 222 MU 22-10-43, SS Pandorian 25-11-43, to Portugal 8-12-43.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • Gilbert Ross

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, P/O on probation, transferred to 334 FS, promoted 2nd Lt, Take Off Accident RAF Debden, EssexCat 3 damage, Spitfire BL449. 30-12-42, on ferry flight...

Places

  • 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...

Events

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

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.

Delivered Tern Hill, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9, UK 5 December 1941

Delivered to No 24 MU 5-12-41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 February 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 26-2-42.

E/A Damaged Dunkirk, France 25 April 1942

Damaged 1 x FW190, Dunkirk, Pilot Chesley Peterson, 25-4-42.

E/A Kills Saint-Omer, France 27 April 1942

Destroyed 2 x FW190, damaged 1 x FW190, St Omer, Pilot Chesley Peterson, 27-4-42.

E/A Damaged Le Crotoy, France 30 April 1942

Damaged 1 x FW190, Le Crotoy, Pilot Chesley Peterson, 30-4-42.

E/A Probable Calais, France 19 May 1942

Probable 1 x FW190, Calais, Pilot Chesley Peterson, 19-5-42.

Combat damage Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 June 1942

Cat AC damage on Op's 1-6-42.

E/A Kill Bruges, Belgium 1 June 1942

Damaged 1 x FW190, destroyed 1 x FW190, Bruges, Pilot Chesley Peterson, 1-6-42.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 June 1942 – 30 September 1942

Repair On Site.

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

Assigned to 344th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 1-10-42.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 December 1942

Flying accident Cat B damage 30-12-42. Taxiing accident, pilot Gilbert G Ross.

Factory Repair Yeovil, Somerset, UK 31 December 1942 – 21 October 1943

To Westland for repair.

Assigned High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 22 October 1943

Assigned to 222 MU 22-10-43.

Loaded aboard Merseyside, UK 25 November 1943

Loaded aboard SS Pandorian 25-11-43.

Shipped Overseas Portugal 8 December 1943

To Portugal 8-12-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:33:16 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_peterson_c_g.php
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BL-449

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 21:35:34 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
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=BL-449

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