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Spitfire P7973

Aircraft Model:Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IIA
Manufacturer:Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory
Identities:P7973
Units:No. 452 Squadron, RAAF
No. 222 Squadron, RAF
No. 313 Squadron, RAF

Timeline

September 1941Struck telegraph pole in France, half a metre of the pole being embedded in aircraft's port wing.
Pilot: Sgt Mrtvy
26 July 1945Aircraft at No. 2 Transportation and Movements Office, RAAF, to be dispatched to RAAF Station Canberra and held for the Australian War Memorial.
8 March 1950Issued to Australian War Memorial.

Photos

Spitfire P7973 in the markings of the Central Gunnery School, RAFSpitfire P7973 on display at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Sorties

No. 452 Squadron, RAAF:
2 July 1941Dusk Patrol22:1023:20S/Ldr BungeyNo incident
3 July 1941Dusk Patrol22:3023:00S/Ldr BungeyNo incident
14 July 1941Kirton Lindsey to North Coats11:5012:20P/O Truscott
14 July 1941North Coastes to Kirton Lindsey22:5023:20P/O Truscott
22 July 1941Patrol and Sweep12:5012:55F/O HumphreyCover over Channel for returning bombers. No incident.
22 July 1941To Marston20:0020:25F/O HumphreyNo incident.
22 July 1941Sweep and return to Kenley21:1522:35F/O HumphreyWing Sweep at 10000 ft. St. Valory to Le Croty. No incident.
23 July 1941Sweep12:2514:15P/O Truscott1 Me. 109 shot at 1 quick burst. Me. 109 diving almost vertically result unknown.
23 July 1941Sweep20:1021:55P/O Truscott
24 July 1941Sweep. Kenley to Merston11:2511:50F/O HumphreyNo incident.
24 July 1941Marston to Kenley14:0015:25F/O Humphrey
26 July 1941Escorting Convoy06:1006:30F/O HumphreyNo incident.
31 July 1941Escorting Bombers15:1016:45F/O HumphreyNo incident.

References

Anon. n.f.d. Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa Fighter Aircraft : RAAF. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 20 April 2017 from <https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM31795.001>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Unit history of number 452 Squadron - April 1941 to November 1945, A9186, 137.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1947, Aircraft Status cards - Spitfire EE731 - P7973, A10297, BLOCK 375.

Wilson, S. 1999 Spitfire. Fyshwick: Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd.

Record updated on 21 March 2018.


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