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    Default Spitfire IXe engine serial number 18579

    Hello everybody,

    I would like to know if anyone can match the above Merlin 66 serial number to a particular Spitfire.
    I have a possibility but do not have the resources to investigate further.

    The engine serial number plate has the serial number, followed by "Right Hand Tractor" and a futher number 482717 below.

    I think it was installed in Spitfire LF IXe PT535 lost on the 11th of Feb 1945, while being flown by
    F/O A.T. Gibbs from 412 Squadron.

    I would be very grateful if somebody could confirm my theory or identify the correct aircraft.

    Greetings from Uedem

    Steve

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    Hi Steve,
    Engine serial numbers are usually prefixed by the letter "A", so the number you are quoting could be the Rolls Royce serial number. If there is a Loss Card for this aircraft, there may be a copy at the AHB or RAF Museum. The department at the latter in known as "DORIS". If you are successful in obtaining a copy, the Air Ministry serial number may be quoted, beginning with an A. If the numbers on the engine plate do not begin with an A, then you would have to check on the crankcase, where it will be stamped. If the loss was not due to enemy action, then an Accident Record Card may have been issued and also availabe from the two places quoted.
    Best of luck.
    Doug.

    PS: Forgot to mention the Aircraft Movement Card, also.
    Last edited by deecee; 5th April 2011 at 00:04.

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    Sorry I have to correct myself,

    It must have been very late when I posted my thread.

    The correct serial number on the plate is 185759, must be getting old.

    Steve

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