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BM401

Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire BM401 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory.
Delivered to No 8 MU 24-4-42, assigned to 121S 5-5-42, damaged by fighters and abandoned off Dieppe 19-8-42, SOC.

Service

Units

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

People

  • Gene Fetrow

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Born August 27, 1918 in Torrance, California. He attended Chaffey High School, Ontario, Calif. and worked for Douglas Aircraft, Santa Monica, Calif. as an Inspector for the A-20 final assembly line and experimental department. He volunteered for...

  • Nicholas Sintetos

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 57th Fighter Group
    Pilot - Underwent pilot training Ashtabula, OH, USA, too young to join USAAF at 20yrs old, enlisted RCAF Jan 41, No 5 SFTS Course 39: September 25 - December 18, 1941, Brantford Ontario, joined RAF, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF via OTU 11-6-42,...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...

Places

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, UK April 1942

Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Delivered Little Rissington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54, UK 24 April 1942

Delivered to No 8 MU 24-4-42.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 5 May 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 5-5-42.

Crashed Rue du Port d'Ouest, 76200 Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Damaged by Fw190 fighters and abandoned off Dieppe 19-8-42. Pilot F/O Gene Fetrow baled and was picked up.

Struck Off Charge SOC Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 20 August 1942

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 19:27:12 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-al...

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2015 11:24:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-al...

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