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stevej60

Spitfire detective's ID help needed.

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Hi Folk's,wondered if anyone can help with code's for a few Spitfire's.

Vb W3325 616 Sqn lost on operation's 9/7/41.

Vb W3324   92 Sqn accidently destroyed 21/8/41.

Mk 1 R7125 

Mk 1 R7208

Mk 1's R7072/3 and4

MK 1 R7114.

All presentation Spitfire's from my locality and future projects I'd  like to model.

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Can't give you individual codes, Steve, but gleaned from Spitfire: The History are the following squadron assignments.

 

R7072 - 124 Sqn 7/5/41 - 12/10/41

 

R7073 - 123 Sqn 23/5/41-25/9/41

 

R7074 - 124 Sqn 7/5/41-27/7/41

 

R7114 - 1PRU (!) 10/3/41-19/5/41

 

R7125 - 123 Sqn 22/6/41-11/10/41

 

There isn't an R7208 listed, but R7206 is Liverpool II and was with 131 Sqn 29/7/41-12/12/41

 

Most went on to serve with OTUs right after a short period in the front line - superseded by the Mk.V, no doubt. 

 

Hopefully, another piece in the puzzles for you. 

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Thank's Paul and John,those squadron's narrow the search and great to have an ID for 3324,my local museum has a little section on

presentation Spitfire's which caught my interest the above were a few listed, there were also three presented by the Miner's of Durham

all MK ii's P8089 P8091 and P8389.

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The book 'Gifts of War' by Boot and Sturtivant has some good info and is well worth a look.

 

The following is extracted from this book - hope it helps.

 

W3325 - 'Newcastle-on-Tyne I', Mk Vb, issued to 611 Sqn (according to GoW) 25/6 41, coded FY-D, shot down 9/7/41, P/O Johnston KIA

 

W3324 - 'Newcastle-on-Tyne II', Mk Vb, issued to 92 Sqn 8/7/41 (QJ-W from Johns post above), damaged, to 403 Sqn (RCAF) 5/5/42 coded KH-E, shot down 2/6/42, F/O Parr (RCAF) POW

 

R7125 - 'Caput Inter Nibila Condit', presented by Gateshead, carried Gateshead coat-of-arms. Mk I, issued to 123 Sqn 22/6/41, damaged 27/6/41, to 61 OTU 11/10/41, damaged and eventually issued to 761 Sqn RN 19/5/43, then 759 Sqn RN 31/5/44, struck off charge (SOC) 20/12/44

 

R7208 - 'City of Liverpool III', a Mk Va, issued to 611 Sqn 13/5/41, shot down 11/7/41, Sgt Fair RNZAF POW

 

R7072 - 'Sunderland I', Mk Ia issued to 124 Sqn 7/5/41, damaged 12/10/41, to 53 OTU 13/1/42, lost at sea in transit to Pt Sudan 7/12/42

 

R7073 - 'Sunderland II', Mk Ia, issued to 123 Sqn 27/5/41, damaged and issued to 58 OTU 25/9/41, crashed 17/4/42 after colliding with X4905, P/O Malkiewicz killed.

 

R7074 - 'Sunderland III', Mk Ia, issued to 124 Sqn 7/5/41, spun into sea 27/7/41, Sgt Jones killed.

 

R7114 - 'Sunderland IV', Mk Ia, issued to 1 PRU Benson 10/3/41, damaged same day, to 52 OTU 8/11/41, damaged 12/4/42, SOC

 

P8089 - 'Miners of Durham I', Mk IIa, issued to 66 Sqn 21/3/41, to 118 Sqn 9/4/41 as NK-W, to 313 (Czech) Sqn 2/10/41, to 306 (Polish) Sqn 6/11/41, to 308 (Polish) Sqn 11/12/41, to 350 (Belbian) Sqn 8/2/42, damaged and to 58 OTU 16/8/42, crashed 23/12/42, SOC

 

P8091 - 'Miners of Durham II', Mk IIa, to 72 Sqn 6/5/41, 74 Sqn 8/7/41, 350 (Belgian) Sqn 3/12/41, then to various training units until crashing on 7/1/45, SOC 18/1/45

 

P8389 - 'Metabox', Mk IIb, to 610 Sqn 10/6/41, 130 Sqn 27/6/41, 616 Sqn 19/7/41, 315 (Polish) Sqn 26/7/41 as PK-O, damaged 5/8/41, variously to 61 OTU and 59 OTU, eventually SOC 21/6/47.

 

Not a lot of codes there but hopefully some leads for you to search a bit further,

 

PR

Edited by Peter Roberts

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Interestingly, new research has found that in addition to 'Liverpool I,' 'Liverpool II' and 'Liverpool III,' there was also a 'Liverpool 4 Barcelona 0'........

 

YNWA

 

:coat:

Edited by Paul Bradley

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11 hours ago, Peter Roberts said:

 

Not a lot of codes there but hopefully some leads for you to search a bit further,

That's brilliant Peter thank's for all the info certainly helps a great deal for further research.

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