USAAF Spitfire

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  1. Snautzer01

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    An interesting letter code. :thumbright:
     
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    My money is on JK537 for the bottom one :)
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    It looks like...
     
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    Something odd about the top picture ? Hasn't got the usual volks filter nose but doesn't look standard either.
     
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    The top picture shows a reconnaissance Spitfire PR Mk.XI. The bottom engine cowling of the Spit didn't have anything in common with the Vokes filter. There was a larger oil tank mounted inside. Therefore the cowling was more bulged.
     
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    Beat me to it Master Wojtek ! :lol:
     
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    Uhhh.. we criss-crossed posts here Karl. Sorry. :)

    BTW.. the Spit belonged to the 14th PRS (photo-recce squadron), 7th PRG (photo-recce group), USAAF.
     
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    Good shots! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    And another Spitfire PR Mk.XI of the squadron... a source: the Internet.

    SpitfirePRMkXIPA892.jpg
     
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    Mk Vb 4th FG

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    PO Reade Tilley Eagle Squadron

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    A lot going on with the second Spitfire in the first post which begs for a lot of questions. 1) standard desert camo with red spinner? B) white 18" QP✪?X 3rd) 6 stars and bars with red surround? Ω) whats going on with the star and bar on the fuselage? Is there a panel removed? ½) newer rudder? and finally, Mk IXe? Thanks in advance for any or all answers.

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    Yep, it's interesting alright; It's a Spit LF.Vc; you can see the clipped wingtips. Taking a look in my trusty copy of Morgan and Shacklady's Spitfire the History and looking at the serial that's visible, its either JK530 or JK537 which Steve mentioned as being the most likely, both of which served with the USAAF. Unfortunately I can't add anything more to the odd markings, but to say it looks like it has had rear fuselage skin repair work done, which might explain the patches. Just forward of the Star 'n Bar looks like a portion of roundel. If the squadron codes are to be believed its an aircraft of the 2nd FS, 52nd FG in the Med, possibly Corsica, Sicily or Tunisia.
     
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    Thanks very much Grant. It'll make an interesting model.

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    The repair done to the fuselage skin can be noticed in the enlarged part of the shot.

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    Thanks Wojtek. In the book "Spitfire Camouflage and Markings Pt. 2" it confirms the serial is JK537. It also put the kibosh on modeling this as the aircraft more than likely carried the 2nd F.S. Beagle Squadron insignia, which I had never heard of before.

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