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    Default Spitfire Altitude Record

    Hello All,
    Does anybody know what the s/n of the 81 Sqn (Kai Tak) Spitfire was that Flt Lt E C Powles (55598) flew to the record Spitfire altitude of over 50,000 ft on a routine Met THUM flight on 5 Feb 1952? And what happened to it?
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    Peter Davies
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    Default Re: Spitfire Altitude Record

    Peter

    Check the 81 Sqn ORB for February 1952, page 12 of 14:

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8425087

    I'd download it but the National Archive website's gremlins are once again hard at work at the moment...

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - it's PS852: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Powles
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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