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Spitfire BL969 - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Spitfire BL969

Type : Spitfire
Mark : Vb
Last Flew : 22nd June 1944
Built at : Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory
Powered by : Merlin 45M

Known information
11th March 1942Joined No.504 Sqn.
19th October 1942Joined No.501 Sqn.
08th April 1944Joined No.129 Sqn.
10th May 1944Joined No.130 Sqn.
05th June 1944Joined No.403 Sqn RCAF.
22nd June 1944Shot down by Allied anti-aircraft fire near Foret de Cerisy. Pilot Officer N P Murphy was ok.

Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Spitfire Vb BL969
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Murphy, N P
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Murphy, N P

On 22nd June 1944 his Spitfire Mk.V BL969 of No.403 Sqn RCAF was shot down by Allied anti-aircraft fire near Foret de Cerisy. He was unharmed.

Squadrons for : Spitfire Vb BL969
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No.129 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st March 1918
Fate : Disbanded 1st September 1946

I will defend the right

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No.129 Sqn RAF

Flew Mustangs from April 1944.

No.130 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st March 1918
Fate : Disbanded 23rd August 1963

Strong to serve

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No.130 Sqn RAF

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No.403 Sqn RCAF

Country : Canada
Founded : 19th February 1941
Fate : Disbanded 30th June 1945

Stalk and strike

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No.403 Sqn RCAF

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No.501 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 14th June 1929
Fate : Disbanded 10th March 1957
County of Gloucester, City of Bristol (Auxiliary)

Nil time - Fear nothing

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No.501 Sqn RAF

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No.504 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 26th March 1928
Fate : Disbanded 10th March 1957
County of Nottingham (Auxiliary)

Vindicat in ventis - It avenges in the wind

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No.504 Sqn RAF

504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force: 504 Squadron came into being on the 14th March 1926 based at Hucknell as part of the Special Reserve Squadron in the light bomber role. The squadron was equipped with Horsleys, Wallaces and Hinds before becoming a fighter squadron equipped with Gloster Gauntlets on 31st October 1938. By the beginning of World War II, 504 had been re-equipped with Hawker Hurricanes. The squadrons first victory was a Ju88 shot down over France on May 14th 1940 where it had been sent as a BEF reinforcement. After suffering heavy losses in France, 504 was sent back to Wick in the UK and began to build itself back to operational strength. On 5th September 1940 504 flew to Hendon and began intensive operations attacking German formations over London and the South East of England during the Battle of Britain. During 1941, 504 was re-equipped with Mk IIb Hurricanes and then divided. A flight joining No.81 squadron to go to Russian and a new 504 squadron being built up from B flight. 504 squadron saw action throughout World War II, taking part in offensive fighter sweeps over occupied Europe, escorting transport aircraft to Arnhem and bomber escort duties. During January 1945, six pilots were posted to Glosters for conversion to the Meteor, but the war ended in Europe before they could be used in combat. On 16th December 1947 King George VI gave permission for the use of the Royal prefix for all Auxiliary Air Force squadrons. On 12th February 1957 504 squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force based at RAF Wyneswold was disbanded.

Aircraft type : Spitfire
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Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351


Royal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.

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Squadron Leader Stanislav Jozefiak added to aircrew database :
Escaping Poland in 1939, and already a pilot, Stan completed 2 full tours on Wellingtons with 304 Sqn, Bomber Command. After a period of training he returned to action flying Spitfires with 317 Sqn, part of the 2nd TAF. After the war Stan was to fly Dakotas for the CIA.
Flight Lieutenant Robert Charles Platt added to aircrew database :
Killed aged 29 on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery. Son of James Francis and Amelia Louisa Minnie Platt, of Teddington, Middlesex.


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