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    Hi all,
    IŽd like to ask you for help with identification of Spitfire TA808 version. In some sources is this aircraft mentioned like a HF Mk. IX version, which was later converted to LF Mk. XVI version.
    Any idea will be warmly appreciated.
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    Milan

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    Hi

    It seems that TA808 was both a Mark IX and a Mark XVI in its lifetime.

    My reading of the Spitfire Production List provides the following :

    TA808 built late in 1944 at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory as HF Mark IX, fitted with a Rolls-Royce Merlin Mark 70 engine.
    To No.39 Maintenance Unit on 18/12/44.
    To Melton Mowbray on 4/2/45, I presume for transfer overseas.
    With Mediterranean Allied Air Forces on 12/2/45.
    Converted to LF Mark XVI with Packard Merlin engine.
    Served with 92 and 253 Squadrons. In landing collision with PV270 at Treviso, Italy 16/1/47 and written off the books 30/1/47.

    angelsonefive.

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    Hi angelsonefive,

    thank you for your reply. I found info that TA 808 served with No 225 squadron in Italy during April & May of 1945, where this Spitfire was marked like HF version. ORB of No 225 squadron states: TA 808 Spitfire IX. HF. E. It is bit unusual for his TAC/R squadron, which used LF Spitfires. Is it possible that conversion to LF XVI version was made after the war?

    Milan

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    Hi Milan,
    there were next three HF IXs with 225 Sqn: NH420, NH528 and RR254.

    Mojmir

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    Hi,

    It is unlikely that the original Merlin M70 engine was exchanged without a good reason,
    like for example being ready for an overhaul.

    If the Spitfire was being called an HF Mk IX in May 1945, then the R-R Merlin M70 was still installed, in my opinion.

    The conversion to Mk XVI ( installation of the Packard Merlin M266 ) must have been after that date, so yes, it would have been after the end of the war in Europe.

    angelsonefive

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