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Spitfire FR Mk IXc “ROSE”

Par François (Frank) Huot, 2010/10/19

Mis sur le site 2011/10/10

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“PINK” Spitfire FR Mk IXc

Par François (Frank) Huot, 2010/10/19

Published on our website 2011/10/10

Spitfire FR Mk IXc MK716, sept. 1944 (photographe inconnu)

Décals disponible chez BARRACUDACALS

 

Spitfire FR Mk IXc MK716, Sept. 1944 (photographer unknown)

These markings are available from BARRACUDACALS

 

Spitfire FR. IX, numéro de série MK716. 16 Squadron, RAF. Pilote inconnu. Basé a Balleroy (A.12), France. début juillet 1944. Camouflé rose "PRU Pink" qui a été developpé pour les missions au lever et coucher du soleil. Notez la caméra oblique sur le fuselage gauche, le miroir rond, les portes de train ror, and covered et les roues couvertes qui pourraient être gris ou rose. 

Reste de la traduction à venir

Je devines que je ne suis pas le seul qui trouve les combinaison de marques de Spitfire comme un champ de mine, mais je crois que j'ai rien oublié avec la liste que j'ai fait. De tous les messages que j'ai trouvé sur l'internet ceci est ce que j'ai trouvé jusqu'a maintenant: 

MK716 - LF IXc with Merlin 66 engine - modified to FR.IX with camera port on left hand side only.

Aero vee carb intake
Bosse sur le nez - Aucunee - none
Élevateur de style fin de guerre avec le bouts agrandits
Palonier normal 
Internal armoured windscreen
Cowling - "flat"

Fil d'antenne - Aucun
Couvercle de roue - oui
2x20 mm cannons, bossage sur le dessus de l'aile moins large
Feu sur le dos - non
Train d'atterissage principal - definitivement la version sans torque link les portes n'ont pas la petite extension entre la partie droite et courbée des portes.

Camouflage and Marquages: Overall PRU Pink camouflage a été dévellopé pour les opérations au lever ou coucher du soleil. It was found to be highly effective, but must have been unpopular with the men who flew them, who probably felt very conspicuous... hence the armament which was very un-common with dedicated recon aircraft.

Bandes d'invasion à demi-fuselage (Jour J / D-Day) et bandes recouvertes de rose sur les ailes. Les bandes au dessous semblent mal couverte (Voir photo) puisque le rose ne semble pas asser épais pour les recouvrir (voir photo c-dessus) mais ceux du dessus sont bien recouvertes fuselage and painted-over wing stripe. (voir photo ci-dessous)

Bandes d'invasions peuvent être peintes au complet pour représenter MK716 durant juin-juillet 1944. 

Puisqu'il était un Mk Xic standard modifié, j'assume qu'ils ont été peinturé blanc entièrement en blanc, le rose a été mélangé avec du blanc et le rouge brique des insignes britanniques et a été peinturé sur l'avion en sa totalité. Par contre les bandes d'invasion blanches on surement été masquées avant lde peinturer le rose puisqu'elle sont très propres sur les photos...

There are two photos of MK716 in Alfred Price "The Spitfire Story" (1982 pp.156-157.). One of these was taken from the left front and it shows the shell ejector ports to be open, with a reasonable amount of staining around and behind the gun ports.

J'ai trouvé une photo en vol d'un FR IXc dans la revue in Wings of Fame volume 5. Trop petite pour numériser, mais elle démontre des grandes taches de carburant sur le dessus du nez, des grande trainées sur les côtés et a les canons d'ailes enlevés. Le numéro de série est illisible mais il semble avoir la lettre "B" or "D"  en blanc.  Je peux seulement voir le dessous de la lettre qui est par dessus la bande noir.  C'est interressanrt de noter que c'est une lettre de début d'alphabet au lieu de la fin comme vu sur les autres photos.  

Further digging has revealed that MK322, MK529, MK723 (33MU 11-3-44 302S 3-5-44 83GSU 15-6-44 mods 16S 22-6-44 Lost on low level sortie to Doullens pilots first operational sortie 22-7-44), MK958, ML112, ML206 (33MU 1-5-44 AST 14-5-44 mods 317S 15-6-44 CAC 20-6-44 411RSU 22-6-44 16S 13-7-44 Weather recce by OC 34PRWing Missing over the North Sea 11-12-44 G/C P B B Ogilvie DSO DFC killed), ML362, ML373, ML374 were all LF IX's which served with 16 Squadron. I have highlighted in red those which specifically mention mods. By my count, that is a total of eleven. Could be all of them.

Malheureusement je n'est pas les nom de tous ceux impliqué dans la recherce et leur message sur l'internet mais merci et si vous voulez envoyez-moi un courriel pour que je vous donne le crédit approprié!

 

Spitfire FR IXc, Serial Number MK716. 16 Squadron, RAF. Pilot Unknown. Based at Balleroy (A.12), France. Early September, 1944.This armed Photo Reconnaissance squadron flew low altitude PR missions. Note single oblique camera port, round mirror, and covered main wheels, which could be Pink or Medium Sea Grey.

I guess it's not just me who find Spitfire combinations a minefield, but I thought I'd go through a checklist to make sure I haven't forgotten anything.   From several posts on the net and different websites, this is what I've found so far.

MK716 - LF IXc with Merlin 66 engine - modified to FR.IX with camera port on left hand side only.

Aero vee carb intake
Blister behind nose - none
Enlarged horn balances on elevators (late type style elevators)
Normal rudder
Internal armoured windscreen
Cowling - "flat"
Wire aerial - none
Wheel hub covers - yes
2x20 mm cannons, narrow blister
Light on spine - no
Undercarriage - definitely the earlier splined variety; the leg fairings have not been modified in shape to cover the top section of the torque links (the leading edge doesn't have the small fillet between the straight leg of the fairing and the round wheel section)

Camouflage and Markings: Overall PRU Pink camouflage was developed for dawn and dusk operations. It was found to be highly effective, but must have been unpopular with the men who flew them, who probably felt very conspicuous... hence the armament which was very un-common with dedicated recon aircraft.

Half invasion sripes (D-Day) on fuselage and painted-over wing stripe. Underwing stripes are poorly covered and bleed through (see top photo) but top wing stripes are completly covered. (see photo below)

Wrap around D-Day bands can be painted to represent MK716 during June-July of 1944. 

Since it was converted from a standard Mk IXc, I assume they were painted overall white, then pink was mixed from white and roundel brick red, and evenly painted over the white with d-day stripes masked as the are very clean on the photos...

There are two photos of MK716 in Alfred Price "The Spitfire Story" (1982 pp.156-157.). One of these was taken from the left front and it shows the shell ejector ports to be open, with a reasonable amount of staining around and behind the gun ports.

I have found a flying shot of a FR IXc. It is in Wings of Fame volume 5. Too small to scan, but it does show the heavy fuel staining on the top of the tank, very heavy exhaust staining, and, it has the wing cannon removed. Serial is unreadable and the code coud be "B" or "D" in white. I can only see the bottom of the letter where it encroaches on the stripes. Interesting that it could be an early alphabet letter when the others on other photos are towards the end pf the alphabet. This book states that only 15 IXs were converted to FR status.

Further digging has revealed that MK322, MK529, MK723 (33MU 11-3-44 302S 3-5-44 83GSU 15-6-44 mods 16S 22-6-44 Lost on low level sortie to Doullens pilots first operational sortie 22-7-44), MK958, ML112, ML206 (33MU 1-5-44 AST 14-5-44 mods 317S 15-6-44 CAC 20-6-44 411RSU 22-6-44 16S 13-7-44 Weather recce by OC 34PRWing Missing over the North Sea 11-12-44 G/C P B B Ogilvie DSO DFC killed), ML362, ML373, ML374 were all LF IX's which served with 16 Squadron. I have highlighted in red those which specifically mention mods. By my count, that is a total of eleven. Could be all of them.

Unfortunately I do not have all the names of the persons involved in the research and their posts but thank you and if you wish send me an e-mail for the appropriate credit!

 

Sur le Web  On the web 
Article de construction sur Hyperscale: 

 http://hsfeatures.com/features04/spitfirefrixjk_1.htm

Article de construction sur ARC:

http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal1/301-400/gal383i_Spitfires_Thomson/00.shtm

Related build article on Hyperscale: 

 http://hsfeatures.com/features04/spitfirefrixjk_1.htm

Related build article on ARC: 

http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal1/301-400/gal383i_Spitfires_Thomson/00.shtm

Spitfire MK716 d'en arrière, notez qu'aucun “walkway” ni aucun autre marquages de maintenance présent (photo from internet, photographer unknown)

Spitfire MK716 from the rear, note that no walkways or any other maintenance markings are present (photo from internet, photographer unknown)

La maquette / The Model

Tamiya Spitfire XIc 1/32

Le kit a été monté direct de la boîte (OOB) sauf les modifications suivantes: The kit was built Straight out of the box (OOB) except for the following modifications: 
Ajouté la fenêtre pour la caméra

(bonne photo de l'installation réel dans le livre: Spitfire II The canadians, page 104)

Added port camera window 

(good photo of real installation in the book: Spitfire II The canadians, page 104)

Caméra Scratch (Photos à venir)

(bonne photo de l'installation réel dans le livre: Spitfire II The canadians, page 104)

 Scratchbuilt Caméra (Photos to come)

(good photo of real installation in the book: Spitfire II The canadians, page 104)

  

 Finition: 

Rose -- Mélange de peinture Tamiya: 

XF2: 10 parties + XF7: 1 Partie + XF9: 1 partie

Bandes d'invasions peintes au complet pour représenter MK716 durant juin-juillet 1944. 

Finish: 

Pink -- Tamiya paint mix: 

XF2: 10 parts + XF7: 1 Parts + XF9: 1 parts

Wrap around D-Day bands painted to represent MK716 during June-July of 1944. 

Maquette Completée, photographiée au show d'AMRO (Gatineau, QC) 

Completed Model as seen at the AMRO (Gatineau, QC) Show

Photos du 16 Squadron trouvé sur le net:  /  16 Squadron photos found on the net:

 

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