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    Default Which Type of Spitfire is this? Can it help in dating a photo?

    Colleagues:

    I am trying to date the following photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/913373...etaken-public/

    It is of E.D.P.M. Jayawardena, a Sgt (later W.O.) pilot in the RAF, (a Ceylonese/Sri Lankan national).

    He flew in:

    504 Squadron (4 May 1943 - )
    135 Squsdron (17 Mar 1944 - )
    136 Squadron (15 Nov 1944 - to the end of the war.)

    Is there any way of dating the above photo, based upon an identification of the type of Spitfire behind him, then cross-referencing it to the aircraft flown by his various squadrons at the time?

    Given his dress, I tend to think it was taken while he was in 504 Squadron -- since 504 was based in UK at the time of his service in it, while the other two squadrons were in SEAC (Ceylon).... he hardly looks rigged-out for tropical weather!

    Any information or suggestion gratefully received.

    Cheers,

    Glen,
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    Well Glen I am sorry to suggest that the photo looks to me like it has benefitted from some Photoshop jiggery pokery. I don't think your man was standing there when the original photo was taken. The a/c is a Spitfire IX which could be 1942/43 onwards but it is from a Polish squadron. The check pattern on the cowling is the Polish National Insignia and there is a squadron badge under the cockpit with a bit of a squadron code 'Z' suggests 306Sqn with 'UZ' codes.

    Steve

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    Ha! Thanks for that. That's exactly what I suspected too! To me it seems quite evident that Jayawardena's head was Photoshop'd on to another body... but I didn't want to queer the pitch by suggesting that in my initial post.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers,

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    Glen, fancy running into you in this corner of the interwebs...

    Not only was a face Photoshopped on a body, but a body was photoshopped onto a Spitfire !

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...b724ab0785.jpg


    Your original image
    Jaya - 1944 - in front of Spitfire by Northern Dominion, on Flickr

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    Ha!... It just keeps getting more bizarre!

    Thanks Jagan. Much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Glen,
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    Just for interest, the Spitfire IX BS456 of 306 Sqn, taken at Northolt(?), Novemebr 1942. The original even has the pilot sitting in the cockpit!

    There are a series of photos of the Spitfire taken at the same time here:

    http://www.aircrewremembered.com/kurylowicz-lew.html

    Simon

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