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Spitfire IXc "MH883" 412 Squadron RCAF, 126 Wing,F/L George Beurling, Biggin Hill, England, Jan 1944
General Background
The Mk. IX replaced the Mk. V in June 1942 and on September 12, 1942 a Mk. IX brought down a Ju-86R flying at 43,000 feet. Another major achievement of the Mk. IX took place on October 5, 1944 when 401 Squadron became the first allied aircraft to shoot down an Me-262 jet. Even with the arrival of the Griffon powered Mk. XIV the Mk. IX continued in service until the end of WWII. There were 5,665 Mk. IX Spitfires and its variants produced.
The Aircraft
George "Buzz or Screwball" Beurling accumulated 27 victories over Malta during 1942 and was wounded. In 1943 George became the Flight Commander of 412 Squadron RCAF. Beurling was a nonconformist and would sometimes break from formation and attack an enemy aircraft. George Beurling was a master of deflection shooting and in April 1944 with a total of 31 victories he returned to Canada to promote war bonds. Beurling survived encounters with enemy fighters during WWII only to be killed in 1948 while taking off in a Noorduyn Norseman.
Specifications :
Number built : 5,665 all Mk. IX variants
Crew : 1 X pilot
Dimensions :
Length: 31 ft. 3.5 in.
Standard (F) 36 ft. 10 in.
Clipped (LF) 32 ft. 2 in.
Height: 11 ft. 9 in.
Wing Area: (F) 242 sq. ft. or (LF) 231 sq. ft.
Empty: 5,610 lbs. (2,545 kg)
Maximum Takeoff: 7,500 lbs. (3,402 kg)
Engine: 1 X V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 @ 1,515 hp or
1 X V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin 63 @ 1,712 hp
Maximum Speed: 408 mph (657 kph) @ 25,000 ft.
Service Ceiling: 4,000 ft.
Range w/o drop tank: 434 miles (698 km)
Armament: 2 X Hispano 20mm cannons
plus either 4 X .303 machine guns or
2 X .50 machine guns
1,000 lbs of bombs (500 centerline, 250 each wing)