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    [SIZE=2]Hello, my name is David. I am assisting a French Historian in researching a Spitfire crash site in Normandy.

    This site was only located a few weeks ago, and currently the Merlin engine, complete with ID plates, and 2 x 20 mm guns have been located and retrieved.

    I looked through your website and noticed the enormous amount of technical information. I am wondering if you could advise me on how to link the engine ID plate information to an airframe - construction or aircraft number.

    We want to research further into the pilot and squadron information, however with only the engine ID details we have little to go on so far.

    Were there manufacturing archives for Spitfire which listed aircraft, engine, and airframe numbers.

    We also found a propeller housing, which revealed it was a 3 blade Spitfire, so a possible V series aircraft.

    I would appreciate any advise on how I can possibly identify this aircraft. If anybody can help us I would be willing to share the backstory of what we have researched so far, along with photographs and updates on the archaeology in Normandy.

    There seem to be 2 serial numbers on the engine ID plate


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    This website was recommended to me by one of your members.

    If anybody can help with information on the identity of the aircraft which this Merlin type XLV (45) was fitted, it would be amazing.

    Thank you.


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    Hi David
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    The easiest way to post pics on this forum is to use a photo hosting website such as Flickr or Imgur.
    I use Imgur and copy/paste the BB code directly onto the forum page.

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    Thank you, I will try that.

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    Sorry about the delay in adding the picture.

    This link is a picture of the Merlin engine ID plate.

    It seems to have 2 serial numbers on it.

    Top right. After the text ‘Type Merlin XLV there is the number 67319.

    Bottom middle. There is an A number 280002.

    Is there any way of checking which airframe/aircraft this Merlin engine was fitted in.

    Identifying this aircraft would open up the research for us into the pilot, aircraft and squadron history.

    We also located a propeller housing, which indicated this was a 3 blade Spitfire, so a possible V series aircraft.

    Any information would be great. We will share further photos and the backstory of what we have researched so far.

    Thank you
    David - Normandy-Archaeology
    Last edited by Normandy-Archaeology; 8th April 2021 at 07:58. Reason: Added photo

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    David

    Firstly, Rolls Royce can tell you where the engine manufactured and where it sent

    The aircraft loss card should record the engine number but you will need to check them all - unfortunately

    Paul

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    https://imgur.com/gallery/vW9hE4s

    Here is another photo of the Spitfire ID plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    David

    Firstly, Rolls Royce can tell you where the engine manufactured and where it sent

    The aircraft loss card should record the engine number but you will need to check them all - unfortunately

    Paul

    Hi Paul

    I have made initial contact with Rolls Royce, however Iím waiting for a response.

    David

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    Default Re: Spitfire Located in Normandy

    So a Merlin XLV actually the Merlin 45 ?

    I don't know when RR changed from using Roman numerals - but if they did then it might suggest an early engine 20 MM cannon suggest a Spitfire VB - So maybe around 1941/1942 timescale

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    Default Re: Spitfire Located in Normandy

    David,

    You might like to try the Key Aero website (https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation) which has a number of contributors who revel in your type of inquiry. The website has undergone a complete (unnecessary) makeover during the last 12-18 months, much to the dismay of all who use it. Despite this requests for help, such as yours, usually bring a response, see for example https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-...ication-please .

    Good luck in your search.

    Brian

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    Default Re: Spitfire Located in Normandy

    Also a general location of where Spitfire was found may help identification

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