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HistoryEdit

Built as part of a September 1938 order for 200 Spitfires,[3] N3277 was flown for the first time on 5 January 1940. After being passed to 24 Maintenance Unit on 16 January, the aircraft was assigned to squadron service on 15 April.[4]

While on patrol N3277, flown by Pilot Officer Richard Hardy, was attacked by Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 53[5] and damaged while near the Isle of White.

N3277 German markings being examined

N3277, in German Markings, being examined.[6]

After making a forced landing in France, Pilot Officer Hardy became a Prisoner of War,[4] while N3277 was quickly repaired, repainted in Luftwaffe markings, and sent to Germany for evaluation,[5] which included the fitting of a Daimler Benz engine.[4]

The final fate of N3277 in unrecorded.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234941750-supermarine-spitfire-mk1-exhausts/
  2. Lake, Alan. Flying Units of the RAF. Airlife Publishing. 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6 Page 245
  3. Morgan, Eric B and Edward Shacklady. Spitfire - The History. 2000. ISBN 0 946219 48 6 Page 80
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Morgan, Eric B and Edward Shacklady. Page 82
  5. 5.0 5.1 Flypast Magazine. Key Publishing Ltd. November 2013 - Page 43
  6. http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aircraft-picture-requests/looking-spit-i-n3277-14007.html