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    Hi all

    Both "Spitfire; The History" (Morgan & Shacklady) and the Spitfire Aircraft Production website (http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p060.htm) show Spitfire XII, MB795, being disposed of as follows: "to 4875M 15-9-44".

    Unfortunately, neither STH or the SAP website identify this abbreviation. I thought it likely to mean 4875 MU, but Lake's "Flying Units of the RAF" has no record of such a maintenance unit.

    Can anyone suggest what this unit may have been, please?

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    Steve
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    Steve,
    That is a "Maintenance" serial number, and not a unit. It means that the aircraft has been struck off charge as an airframe and is now a "teaching aid" in modern parlance, that is, something for trainee tradesmen to practice their skills on. Reasons that aircraft were "converted" to Maintenance airframes was usually damage, lack of spares fore type, or obsolescence (and often a combination of these factors), or simply that it was more valuable in this role than as a flying aircraft (which had to have constant maintenance to keep it airworthy). Generally "Maintenance" airframes, despite their name, received no official maintenance as such (or as little as possible to prevent deterioration).
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    Hi David

    Thanks for your quick response. That explains it then. The Spit XIIs were one their way out, so becoming a maintenance frame would make sense,

    Cheers
    Steve
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    Many thanks Dave! I was also wondering what it means for a long time.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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