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Author Topic: Spitfire XII found and recovered at Beveren-aan-de-Ijzer (Belgium)  (Read 3644 times)


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« on: 6 July 2009, 17:59:49 »

trying to find something in English



http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/flanders%2Btoday/090705_spitfire (english)

A total of 100 Mk XIIs were built!
info: http://www.spitfireperformance.com/spitfire-XII.html

the plane was shot down on September (1)9th 1943
pilot: Stan May (died in 2002)
saved from the Germans by André Waeles (betrayed and deported)
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« Reply #1 on: 6 July 2009, 20:43:49 »

Here in English:


From http://www.spitfireperformance.com:

The Spitfire Mk XII was essentially a standard Spitfire VC airframe modified to take a Griffon III engine. A four-blade Rotol propeller, rotating clockwise - the reverse of the Merlin, was fitted to the Griffon engine.

The aircraft was designed to be a high performance low altitude fighter and was delivered with clipped wings to improve manoeuvrability.

Compared to the Spitfire V, the bulge over the cannon feed on the mainplane was much smaller, the rudder and trimming tabs were larger, and the engine cowlings and spinner differed considerably in order to accommodate the Griffon engine.

The universal wing of the Spitfire V was fitted, armament being two 20 mm cannon and four .303 machine guns. While early models were based on the Spitfire V airframe, subsequent aircraft utilized the Spitfire VIII fuselage which incorporated such refinements as flush rivetting and a retractable tail wheel. All models were fitted with the broad chord rudder of the Spitfire VIII.

The fuel capacity was 85 gallons with provision made for jettison tanks. The operational weight with full fuel and ammunition was 7,400 lbs.

While the Griffon III engine was fitted to the majority of Spitfire XIIs, the Griffon IV engine was fitted to the last 15 aircraft built which were delivered in July and August 1943. A total of 100 Mk XIIs were built.


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