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    Default Spitfire Mk V BM635 RAF service ?

    Hello,

    Details required about Spitfire Mk V serial number BM635.

    When did it serve with 65 Squadron ( from late 1943 I think) ?

    It served after with the French 345 Squadron What is known of its time with this Unit ?

    It was later returned again to the RAF and eventualy SOC in 1945.

    Many thanks for any help.

    Alex

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    This site http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/home.htm lists it with 65 Squadron from 2-12-42 before transferring to DeH on 1-11-43. (couldn't find explanation of DeH).
    Interests include Spitfires in Malta 1942 and 460 Sqdn 1943-44 (including Black Thursday)

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    I think DeH = de Havilland. The aircraft probably went to one of the de Havilland facilities for repairs, overhaul, and/or modifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Walker View Post
    I think DeH = de Havilland. The aircraft probably went to one of the de Havilland facilities for repairs, overhaul, and/or modifications.
    That would have been my guess as well, but I was hesitant to suggest it as I am not very knowledgeable on any of this material.
    Interests include Spitfires in Malta 1942 and 460 Sqdn 1943-44 (including Black Thursday)

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    hello,

    Thank you for your replies.

    Still hope to hear of the service with 65 and the French Squadron .

    Alex

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    Alex,

    Certainly this one: 685 2Y-H.

    I have its first flight on 15 April 1944 ( A flight, Slt Seguy then cne Guizard X2)

    Last flight of a Spit V coded H on 1/9/944. Today I am not able to tell you if this 685 was used all the summer of 1944.

    HTH

    Bertrand

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    Hi Alex
    Bill is right DeH = De Havilland. In addition to repair and modification of a/c they also designed and supplied Propellors and associated gear, so the a/c may have gone to them as a test bed for a new prop. Around the end of 43 the 4 blade prop must have been at least in the flight test stage if not being retro-fitted to existing a/c.
    Without giving any times the Air Britain BA-BZ Serials gives the list of "owners" as 309Sqn/USAAC/12 Obs Sqn/65 Sqn/345 Sqn/61 OTU-SOC 13.2.45.It doesn't mention DeH so it might have been a simple repair and return to Sqn.
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 24th July 2008 at 07:45.

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