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Spitfire MK.IIA 'P7856' F/S E.N. MacDonnell, 412 Sqn., Digby, Oct 1941
General Background
The Spitfire Mk.1 first became operational in July 1938 at Duxford, Cambridge. At the beginning of WWII 11 RAF squadrons were equipped with the Mk.1’s. By June 1940 the Mk.1 was being replaced by the faster long-range Mk.II but not before the Mk.I had bore the brunt of the Battle of Britain. The Mk.I also flew protective cover over the evacuation of Dunkirk. The Mk.1A had 8 machine guns instead 4, a bulged canopy, a 3-blade propeller, self-sealing fuel tanks, armored windscreen and armor plating in front of and behind the pilot.
The Aircraft
On June 30, 1941 the RCAF’s 412 “Falcon Squadron was became part of 12 Group’ Digby Wing. On October 31,1941 Sergeant E. N. McDonell from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was piloting a Spitfire Mk.IIa P7856 “VZ-E and scored the squadron’s first victory by downing a Bf-109. One week later he was made Pilot Officer (J15053) and not long after he was transferred to 124 (Baroda) Squadron. On April 24, 1942 the 20 year McDonell and his Spitfire Vb “W3436” failed to return.
Specifications :
Basic Information :  
Role: Interceptor Fighter
Mk.1A Produced: 1,536
Crew: one
Engine: 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin III, liquid-cooled, V12
HP @ Altitudes – 1,030 hp @ 16,250 ft (4,953 m)
880 HP @ take-off
Maximum @ 20,000 ft (6,100 m): 353 mph (568 kph)

210 mph (338 kph)

RoC (Rate of Climb):

2,530 ft/min (771 m/min)

Time to 20,000 ft (6,096 m):

9 minutes 25 seconds

Service Ceiling:

31,900 ft (9,723 m)

Normal Range:

395 miles (637 km)


1.78 hrs

Empty: 5,040 lb (2,286 kg)
Full: 6,150 lb (2,789 kg)
Length: 29 ft 11 ins. (9.12 m)
Height to tip of propeller: 11 ft 5 ins (3.48 m)
Wingspan: 36 ft 10 ins. (11.23 m)
Armament: 8 x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns, 300 rounds/gun