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Anyone for a natural metal Canadian Spitfire Mk I derivative? (pic)

July 17 2012 at 8:14 AM

  (Login lmritger)
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Never seen this one before, but what a delightfully different scheme...


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Info from Spitfiresite.com:

The bare-metal Spitfire Mk. Ia R7143 was one of just a few Spitfires to serve in Canada during the war. It had the oblique camera port indicating the photo-reconaissance role, but due to the many conversions during its life it was something of a hybrid rather than pure Spitfire mark. Heres its story.

R7143 was built in February 1941 as eight-gun Spitfire Mk. I with Merlin III engine. Serving with No. 1416 Flight at Benson, it was converted to Mk. PR Mk. IV in April, 1941, receiving a Merlin 45 engine and gunless PR wing. Five months later, it was sent to Rolls-Royce where it was converted again to the pure fighter Mk. Va. Returning to Benson, it served with No. 140 Squadron.

In this new role the aircraft lasted until about the end of the year 1941. In early 1942, it was again converted to a Mk. PR VII type G. This designation denotes the low-level, short-range armed reconaissance conversion initially known as the PR Type G, then redesignated to PR Mk. IG, and finally to PR Mk. VII type G.

Still in Benson, the aircraft suffered the Category B flying accident. P/O F.J. Blackwood while on formation practice flight landed at Benson in bad visibly, resulting in the misjudgment of the field and runway. He tried to skid R7143 around to prevent striking boundary hedge resulting in undercarriage collapsing.

After the repair, the aircraft went to No. 47 Maintenance Unit at Sealand where all guns were removed.

The aircraft was one of the three Spitfires delivered to Canada on February 10, 1943. There it was assigned to No. 13 Squadron based at Rockcliffe, Ontario.

In September 1944, another landing accident lead to a prolongued repair which lasted until June 1945. At the time of the photo the aircraft, serviceable again, was assigned to No. 9 Transport Group.

Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in September, 1947, it soldiered on with Air Search Rescue duties. Finally, it became the instructional airframe at RCN Air Electrical School at HMCS Stadacona. It was reduced to scrap in 1949-50 by the school staff.

Info link:

http://spitfiresite.com/2007/11/enigma-bare-metal-spitfire.html

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(Login MalcolmMcKay)
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Thanks and saved, n/t

July 17 2012, 8:44 AM 


 
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Lee Griffin
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+1 ! Thanks: Great find! n/t

July 17 2012, 9:04 AM 

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Harold K
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Mmmm ... that's a keeper. Care to speculate on spinner colors?

July 17 2012, 8:50 AM 

My first thought is red, white and blue; but the "middle" color doesn't match the white of the roundels/fin flash. Yellow?

 
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(Login modeldad)
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Red, NMF, Blue front to back. Or the white got a bit dirty. nt

July 17 2012, 8:53 AM 



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(Login Kevin72West)
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Could the center stripe on the spinner be yellow?

July 17 2012, 12:31 PM 

I know! I know! Making interpretations from B&W photos can be hazardous. But, the center stripe seems to be a fairly close match tonality-wise with the outer, narrow stripe of the roundels. Possibly?

 
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Harold K
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That crossed my mind too. But it doesn't quite match prop tips and roundel surrounds

July 17 2012, 12:51 PM 

Besides, what meaning would red/yellow/blue have in Canada?
OK, maybe just a pilot's or crew chief's fancy.

 
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(Login g44aman)
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It belonged to No.9 Transport Sqn. at the time.

July 18 2012, 2:04 AM 

What are/were the colors of No.9 Sqn ?
That could provide a clue.

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Agree with Harold, yellow is an odd choice. But look at the coloration fo the cowling

July 17 2012, 2:39 PM 

It appears darker, and I cannot explain that, as it is forward and down of the exhaust. Lighting oddity?

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Exhausts casting shadow on the cowling?

July 17 2012, 3:04 PM 

The sun seems to be directly over the centerline of the plane, but somewhat behind the pilot. Look at the shadow cast in front of the wings. Just a thought.

 
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(Login modeldad)
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awfully long shadow and the shadow extends directly infront of the exhausts.

July 17 2012, 3:18 PM 

But then again.... sun is about 2 o'clock as facing the image and directly behind.

Also the picture was taken with Ortho film Near black red, muddy yellow and blues lighter.

But the spinner does not look that muddy. But if yellow, what significance?

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Brilliant..Thanks Lynn nt

July 17 2012, 9:21 AM 

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JeffreyK
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...they were tall, those Canadians...

July 17 2012, 6:46 PM 


 
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