Timeline

  • 1941Donated Jan 1941 by Borough of Lambeth Spitfire Fund and given the obvious name rather than the MAP suggestion Lambeth Walk.

    TOC No 39 MU Colerne 1/3/1941 delivered 21/3/1941 to 66 Squadron Exeter.

    9/4/1941
    To No.118 Squadron Warmwell, coded NK*K.

    Acquired the name BETTE from PO Alec Lumsden

    6/7/1941
    Passed to Middle Walop and 152 (Hyderabad) Squadron at Portreath three days later.

    27/8/1941
    to 19 Squadron at Perranporth.

    31/8/1941
    Engine failed on night landing at Matlaske, a satellite airbase to RAF Coltishall. Overshot, ran through barbed wire fence, and tipped on nose without injury to P/O N.D.O.Devereux.

    7/9/1941Taken to AST at Exeter for repairs on to await collection
  • 1942 3/6/1942
    Flown to No. 33 Maintenence Unit, Lyneham on .

    21/9/1942
    Issued to No. 61 Operational Training Unit Rednal .

    No. 61 OTU was formed in June 1941 at RAF Heston to train single-seat fighter pilots.
  • 194319/5/1943
    Cat B damage when P/O J.H.Gielstrup (Danish) stalled on landing after engine failure, thereby collapsing the undercarriage.

    17/7/1943
    Repaires completed.

    19/7/1943.
    Went into store at 6 Maintenence Unit Brize Norton

    1/8/1943.
    Passed to Central Gunnery School Catfoss
  • 194422/2/1944
    Moved to Heston Aircraft for repairs,

    26/5/1944
    Awaiting collection ,

    14/6/1944
    Delivered 9 Maintenence Unit .

    1/7/1944.

    Allotted again to 61 Maintenence Unit

    16/9/1944

    Dived into ground at Lower Heath Coppice, Prees, Shropshire.
    The pilot was F/Sgt John Cashel Barry RAAF buried Chester Regional Cemetery."
  • 2012Auction at Brooklands
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