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    Default Drop tanks on Spitfire Vbs late 1941

    According to the diaries of Jean Offenberg published as "Lonely Warrior" 609 squadron at Biggin Hill were flying Mk Vbs with drop tanks. It seems other sources point to drop tanks not being deployed until early 1942. Anyone have information or photographs please?

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    For the benefit of others, this subject has been addressed on the Britmodeller website https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/...-vb-drop-tank/

    What became clear was that the drop tanks were not mentioned in Offenberg's own writings but in the text around them supplied by the biographer.

    Bur yes, photographs would be good to see.

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    Hello

    I know a little about 609, and I have no specific recollections of a special experiment carried out by the Squadron from Biggin Hill in 1941. They were intensively involved in the "non stop offensive" during the summer, and I don't see any long range mission carried out during that period.

    In the same time frame, there were long range Spitfire missions carried out from Cornwall airfields, aimed against Britanny, with a long stretch of water between them, hence the use to LR tanks. Interestingly, it was an asymetrical tank !
    If you Google Spitfire LR tanks, you should find interesting items
    http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/i...-Longrange.jpg
    https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/attach...nk-jpg.504941/

    There was also a "flat" tank, adapted to the belly of the Spitfire :
    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...uxoCoqTF3CVtSa
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...._CH12726A.jpg
    The latter shows a Spitfire Mk XII, so 1943, and not 1941, but I use that picture to show this type of external tank.

    Joss

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