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Baltar
07-16-2004, 10:31 PM
I've noticed a number of spitfire skins on il2skins.com that have American markings. Is this correct?? What marks saw service in the USAAF?

Baltar
07-16-2004, 10:31 PM
I've noticed a number of spitfire skins on il2skins.com that have American markings. Is this correct?? What marks saw service in the USAAF?

S 8
07-16-2004, 10:40 PM
The 2nd fighter squadron known as The American beagles squadron flew the Spitfire MkIV.

http://www.onpoi.net/ah/pics/users/113_1089291819_super3.jpg

faustnik
07-16-2004, 10:47 PM
The USAAF used a lot of MkVs in Operation Torch and MkIXs in Italy.

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/mdegnan/_images/SpitVUS.jpg

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/mdegnan/_images/SpitUS2.jpg

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07-16-2004, 10:58 PM
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FA_Maddog
07-16-2004, 11:00 PM
The 31st Fighter Group also flew the Spitfire Mark V, VIII, & IX in the Mediterranean Theater.

DONB3397
07-16-2004, 11:07 PM
While the U.S. was ramping up production, a number of Groups were equipped with Mk Vs and IXs. The 31st FG in North Africa and later Italy flew Spits. The Eagle Sqns continued to fly Spits for a while with the 4th FG. In the UK, the 107th Recce Sqn and the 12th Recce Sqn both flew MkVcs. Several others. So the skins you're seeing are probably correct. Most skinners research their work pretty well.

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Waldo.Pepper
07-17-2004, 04:48 AM
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Arms1
07-17-2004, 05:10 AM
faustnik: thats a great pic with the 51 beside the spit, have not seen that one before, be willing to bet its a mk VIII considering the pointy tail and that its in the med

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Aaron_GT
07-17-2004, 05:26 AM
The VSN also used Spitfire Vs for artillery spotting on D Day.

In addition the USAAF used Mosquitos and Beaufighters.

Itto_Okami
07-17-2004, 07:08 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Arms1:
faustnik: thats a great pic with the 51 beside the spit, have not seen that one before, be willing to bet its a mk VIII considering the pointy tail and that its in the med
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You can bet your house on http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif If you give a close look to the tail you'll see the retractable tailwheel covers, one of the distinguing details of the VIII from the IX version.

S!

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LuckyBoy1
07-17-2004, 11:06 AM
I've also heard something about how the U.S. was secretly building sub-assemblies of the Spit and shipping them out for final assembly accross the pond before we were "officially" at war with Germany. Have I heard wrongly?

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horseback
07-17-2004, 11:53 AM
Since the Powers That Be decided to have the N. Africa based 52nd FG use the same ID codes and fly the same types of aircraft as the 4th FG based in England, the American trained pilots in the 52nd tended to mock their RAF trained 'Eagle Squadron' counterparts (who were notable prima donnas). I believe that the 31st was 'sharing codes' with the 56th FG, the idea being to confuse German Intelligence (ha!).

Hence, 'American Beagle' squadron. A few of their Spits sported a logo featuring an elegant top-hatted cartoon dog character wearing a tuxedo on their cowls. Ventura Publications has a nice series of books on the American Spitfire users, with some beautiful color profiles.

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faustnik
07-17-2004, 12:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Arms1:
faustnik: thats a great pic with the 51 beside the spit, have not seen that one before, be willing to bet its a mk VIII considering the pointy tail and that its in the med
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm not sure what model it is, so I will leave it to you Spit experts. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif I do know that the Spit looks great with stars on it! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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