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Supermarine Spitfire Mk. One of the lesser known episodes in the operational history of the Spitfire is its use as a night fighter. Duringthe Hurricane was deployed by several squadrons for night duties, proving largely indifferent as the night fighter but having some success in the night intruder role. For interception duties, higher performance was required and therefore a decision was made to convert some of the Spitfire Mk. V squadrons to Where Have You Been All My Life - The Beatles - Live At The Star-Club In Hamburg Germany fighting duties.
The Nos. It was envisaged that the Spitfires would be gradually vectored to their targets by searchlights pointing in the direction of flight. This tactics received a code name Smack. Like the contemporary Turbinlite concept, the Smack tactics was short-lived. After three months' flying it was apparent that the idea of using Spitfires at night would render only meagre results at the cost of prohibitive accident rate.
Of all RAF combat aircraft, the Spitfire was perhaps the most difficult to fly at night because of the poor visibility over the nose and the necessity of flying a curved landing approach. The pilot was virtually Unlucky Men - Spitfire - Night Hunting during the final stages of the landing and the problem was exacerbated by the narrow-track undercarriage. The latter combined with massive torque of the engine posed also a severe problem on night take-offs.
It was balanced. It scared the shit out of you. Brotchie Squadron Commander Click to enlarge. In Januaryno. After the short night-fighting episode, the unit moved to Gibraltar in November in preparation for Operation Torch - the invasion of North Africa - where it supported the 1st Army through Algeria and Tunisia before moving to Malta in June to cover the invasion of Sicily.
Night-fighting Spitfires were painted matt black overall. In spite of the black colour scheme, the aircraft could still give itself away in the darkness because the exhaust manifolds used to Unlucky Men - Spitfire - Night Hunting red hot, so part of the maintenance routine was applying very thick red lead paint to the manifolds to reduce glare. Exhaust flame dampers had not been While You Were Out - Pavlovs Dog - Pampered Menial + At The Sound Of The Bell to these aircraft and the pilot's night vision suffered accordingly.
No 41 Squadron received its first Spitfires in January - an association that was, remarkably, to last for the whole of World War II. Activity was light for the Squadron until May when it was used to provide fighter cover for the evacuation of Dunkirk and was stationed at Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain. In the following years, No 41 was employed on a variety of missions including convoy patrol, 'Rhubarb' interdiction flights Unlucky Men - Spitfire - Night Hunting fighter interception.
After joining the Second Tactical Air Force in Septemberthe Squadron flew fighter sweeps over the continent, moving to Germany as part of the occupation forces in July The night camouflage was applied on top of the aircrafts' former day fighter scheme, which also resulted in a variety of roundel sizes and markings.
This aircraft retains the sky spinner and tail band from its former camouflage. The fuselage roundel of this aircraft is non-standard and the serial number has been overpainted.
Fuselage codes are also painted Sky, with the letter W markedly larger than the squadron code. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
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