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    I found this quite interesting story ( http://www.twosqnassoc.co.uk/pages/stories/steal/steal.htm) telling that 2 Squadron "stole" a Spitfire in April 1942.

    Unfortunately the serial is wrong. It says P7194 which is not a Spitfire. Maybe it is a typo for P7914 which would fit the timeframe.

    Can anybody collaborate on this?

    John Engelsted

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    Hello John,

    This may be the answer.
    From "Second to None" by Hans Onderwater.
    Page 90.
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    No.II (AC) Squadron was ready for battle by April 1942. Yet Squadron pilots did not go straight into action in their Mustangs. After F/O Davies had collected the first Mustang it was found that there were no Pilot's Handling Notes. He spent about an hour inside the cockpit finding out about the aircraft.
    On the 19 and 20 April 1941 ( typo error in book - for 1942 ?) S/L Chapman collected a SPITFIRE from Dyce and flew photo recce sorties to Jersey in this No. 140 Squadron aircraft.
    By the end of the month similar missions had been flown to Dunkirk and LeHavre by F/L Houseman.
    While the first operational flights over enemy territory took place the Squadron Tomahawks continued to give problems at home.
    End quote.

    There then follows details of Tomahawk and Proctor accidents in April/May 42 and then of Mustang AG401 on May 9th 42. So ref typo above must be for 19 and 20 1942 and not 1941 as per book.

    What 140 Spitfire was it and what became of it is now the question.
    Alex

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    Thank you for your input.

    I went through my list of 140 Sq. a/c and found possible candidate: X4179.

    John Engelsted

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    X4179 - from Spitfire file published in Aeromilitaria (Air Britain) - Autumn 2008:
    Deld 24 MU 15.8.40; 266 Sqn 18.8.40; 24 MU 25.8.40; 19 Sqn (QV-B) 13.9.40; Bf 109 destroyed near Westerham, Kent, then two more destroyed over Lydd Ranges, 14.40-14.55 15.9.40; Bf 110 destroyed Isle of Sheppey, 17.25 18.9.40 (all F/Sgt G C Unwin); 609 Sqn 27.9.40; AST 9.10.40; 66 Sqn 24.2.41; 57 OTU 14.3.41; overshot into rough ground and tipped on nose, Aston Down, Cat M(c) 8.5.41 (sgt T F Beaumont OK); landed with undercarriage retracted, Hawarden, Cat M(u) 7..6.41 (Sgt W A Brew RAAF OK); Engine cut; undercurriage collapsed snf tipped on nose, Hawarden, Cat R(B) 24.6.41 (P/O R J M C G Marmol [Bel] OK); 1 CRU 29.6.41; 39 MU 9.8.41; 131 Sqn 24.8.41; 52 OTU 26.10.41; undercarriage collapsed in heavy landing, Aston Down, Cat R(B) 7.11.41 (Sgt E L Taylor RCAF OK); Westland Aircraft 13.11.41; AW/CN 8.2.42; 8 MU 24.2.42; 140 Sqn 3.4.42; taxying accident, Ringway, Cat A 14.10.42; engine failure, Cat Ac 8.1.43 (Sgt K Smith OK); ROS 11.1.43; 140 Sqn 12.2.43; 57 OTU 9.6.43; engine cut on take off; bellylanded on soft ground and overturned, Eshott, Cat E 24.10.43 (Sgt J K Stockbridge injured).

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