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    Default Spitfire V EP562 at Prestwick

    Am trying to date a photo taken at Prestwick which shows EP562 under overhaul/repair at Scottish Aviation. It has a tropical air filter which makes it seem a long way from the front lines but perhaps they were shipped back to the UK for major repairs...?

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    Hi Robert,

    Air Britain has this aircraft as being delivered in 1942 and serving with 229, 126 and 336 squadrons then being transferred to the RHAF (Greek Air Force) 0n 25th April 1946. I wonder if SAL were preparing it for the transfer to Greece ?

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    Hi John,

    Thanks. I assumed R&O but am now thinking it was being prepared for overseas service by Scottish Aviation in its role as a CRO. Is there a date for assignment to 229 Sqn?

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    Hi Robert, no dates in Air Britain but from an on line source this may help :

    EP562 VbT CBAF M46 8MU 5-7-42 47MU 24-8-42 Empire Heath 29-8-42 Gibraltar 14-9-42 FACA 27-10-42 ros 215MU 31-3-43 Gibraltar 17-5-43 SOC 23-10-44 RHAF 25-10-46

    Source is here : http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p039.html

    Edit to say FACA = Flying Accident Category A
    ros = Repair on Site
    Last edited by norfolkjohn; 19th March 2017 at 22:40. Reason: Abbreviations

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    Thanks, John.

    Not sure how that ties in with the three squadrons you quoted but guessing Gibraltar was a jumping off point. I'm leaning towards August 1942 for the photo.

    Cheers:

    Robert

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    According to Spitfire International all early Greek Spitfires delivered after WW2 From Middle East stocks and EP562 delivered and used as spares

    So she was never in the UK after being shipped out

    I think there for packing overseas does anyone know which port Empire Heath left from in Late August 1942?

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    Spitfires for Malta or for Operation Torch were delivered first to Gibraltar, as opposed to those for the Western Desert which were delivered to Takoradi and flown across Africa. Beware of the lists in Spitfire The History, they describe the code Tak as meaning Takoradi when it is often Takali on Malta - an intermediate stop in Gibraltar is usually the give-away clue. 229 and 126 Sqs were Malta-based in 1942. Presumably 126 Sq will have passed the aircraft back into reserve when re-equipped with Mk.9s, where it will have been overhauled in the Nile Delta and been available for issue to 336 Sq. 336 Sq is the Greek-manned unit that is still part of the Greek Air Force today.

    I suspect that EP562 may have been at Scottish Aviation ready for Operation Bellows in July 1942, where HMS Furious collected Spitfires at Glasgow. For whatever reason - Unserviceable? Spare? - it didn't make the trip and went to Malta by a less direct route. This would date the photo to early July 1942.

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    Thanks Paul and Graham. The mid-1942 timeframe makes sense.

    Robert

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