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    Hello Gents,

    Does anyone know any details about the loss of EN176 on 10 Feb 45 (more than A-B gives) - 1402 Flt.

    Thanks in anticipation

    Phil

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    Hello,

    The Spitfire production list confirms 1402 Flt and goes on "Blown off peritrack and tipped up Hawarden FAAC 10-2-45"

    I hope this helps.

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    Hello Phil,

    A little more detail for you.

    EN176 - Spitfire HF.VIb, Merlin 47 No A305262 - 3.F.P. (N/-/ATA/N), damage cat.AC at Hawarden, Flints on 10.2.1945, First Officer K H V DAY (ATA):
    Ferry flight - Taxying in cross wind, grass verge very soft, a/c swung off perimeter track due to gust of wind (Stbd brake did not hold), wheels sank in soft turf, tipped on nose and Prop damaged.

    Regards,

    Ian
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    Hello Ian,

    EN176 seems to have gone to 1402 Flight in Feb., 1943 as a near-new aircraft. Was it with them right up until Feb., 1945 ?

    Two years looks to me like a long time with the same unit for a wartime Spitfire, especially as EN176 was re-engined (it seems) at some stage, M61 to M47.

    Any further information you may have will be welcome.

    Regards,

    Ray.

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    Hello Ray,

    Other data I have is,

    9 MU Nov 18, 1942
    1402 Flight February 20. 1943
    9 MU unknown date
    Accident Feb 1945 as detailed
    Presumed SOC June 21, 1947

    Other data says it had a Merlin 61, but accident card says Merlin 47. Card not transcribed by me so Merlin 47 could be in error ?

    1402 Flight was a Met flight in Ireland and could explain its longevity ?

    Regards,

    Ian

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    Thanks for the reply Ian.

    The standard engine for the Mark VI was a Merlin 47, so I am inclined to think that Merlin 47 would be right.

    However, all the other Spitfires coming off the assembly line at Eastleigh at about that time (late Oct./early Nov. 1942) seem to have had M61 engines installed, so EN176 could well have this had this model of engine when new. The reason why a Merlin 47 replaced the original Merlin 61 will probably remain unknown, but availability of a replacement might have had something to do with it.

    I think you are right about the length of time this plane stayed with the one unit. A Spitfire with a Met. Flight would not have had the hard life of one with a front-line squadron or an OTU.

    I wonder where EN176 was going when it had the mishap ?

    Thanks again for your reply,

    Ray.

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    Hello All,

    Thanks for your replies, very useful as usual. As for the destination of EN176, I think it was going to an MU for a subsequent scrapping. The remaining Mk.VIs still in RAF hands were mainly stored at 33 or a 39 MU at that time. Between February and April 45, most UK surviving Mk.VIs were SOC. The RAF had decided to retire the last few Mk.VIs flying in UK early in 1945.

    Phil

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