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josephs1959
01-30-2007, 02:55 PM
Can anybody tell me the dates in which the models of Spitfires Mk-V,Mk-VIII,Mk-IX and P-38's,47's,51's first went into action? Month and Year is specific enough. If there's a site with the info please let me know, thanks.

josephs1959
01-30-2007, 02:55 PM
Can anybody tell me the dates in which the models of Spitfires Mk-V,Mk-VIII,Mk-IX and P-38's,47's,51's first went into action? Month and Year is specific enough. If there's a site with the info please let me know, thanks.

XyZspineZyX
01-30-2007, 03:10 PM
Dutch Kindelberger proposed the idea of what became the P-51 to the BPC in 1940

On May 1 1940, Lee Atwood of NA recorded that the agreement was outlined in writing

The Na-73X first flew on Oct. 26 1940

the first production Mustang, ID number AG345, flew in April 1941

the first Mustang Squadron was Number 26 Squadron, in Gatwick. It got it's first Mustangs in January 1942

Flight Officer G. N. Dawson flew the first operational Mustang sortie, in aircraft AG419, an armed recon of Breck-sur-Mer, on May 10 1942

The first major Mustang operation was "jubille", in August 1942. That means support for the Dieppe raid http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

the earlist known report by the USAAC about the Mustang was march 26 1942

The USAAC technical report on the P-51 was on July 15 1942

Two valuation aircraft were delivered to Wright Field by December 16 1941, however. These were covered under the British order, in essense the USAAC wanted a pair for free

15 Mustang Ias were diverted from the British order and were in use by the USAAC by late 1942

Xiolablu3
01-30-2007, 03:47 PM
www.Spitfireperformance.com (http://www.Spitfireperformance.com) might tell you a bit about this


http://www.spitfireperformance.com/spittest.html

For instance, the first production SPitfire VIII was delivered in November 1942.

JSG72
01-30-2007, 04:10 PM
Spitfire MK V: March 1941 First flown in active service.
It Would have been earlier but for the the memo from Churchhill saying that flights against the enemy were not to be fortaken until after 6 squadrons existed! ( Source : Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941-45 by Dr Alfred Price Page 9)

Spitfire MK VIII: Can only really say Spring '43 . Started production in November '42 but numbers only reached 50 a month by June '43. As they were to be produced exclusively for MED and Far east work.
Guess they would build a fair few before shipping? (Source Late Marque Spitfire Aces 1942-45 by Dr Alfred Price Page 20).

Spitfire MKIX: 28 July 1942 no.64 Squadron declared Operational with first combat on the 30th. (Source Late Marque Spitfire Aces 1942-45 by Dr Alfred Price Page 9)

P-38: What Theatre? I can give you ETO. 14 August 1942 33rd FS.encountered enemy for the fist time Deployment had been June/July. (Source P-38 Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO by John Stanaway Page 7)Could give you Pacific if you wish?

P-47: April '43 with Eighth in Europe. (That is "Action" with 61st 62nd 63rd FS.56 FG flying from Hosham Norfolk.). (Source P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Eigth Air Force by Jerry Scutts page 11.) Could give you Pacific if you wish?

P-51: Well, I'm Not going to step in before 1/2 the Forum.

Cheers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

josephs1959
01-30-2007, 05:35 PM
Thanks guys!

horseback
01-30-2007, 05:49 PM
Correction: first use of the P-47 in combat (including first kill) was by 4th FG (formerly 71, 121, and 133 Eagle Squadrons)in March 1943, after conversion from Spitfire Vb. First ops by 56th FG personnel 'on loan' were conducted under the leadership of 4th FG before they conducted independent flights.

Don Blakeslee got the first kill, an FW 190 chased down after an attempt ata diving escape, said afterwards that "...it damned well ought to dive. It sure can't climb."

Sources: Escort To Berlin, 1000 Destroyed, The Eagles' War, and Zemke's Wolfpack.

cheers

horseback

JG53Frankyboy
01-31-2007, 03:40 AM
http://forums-de.ubi.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/388104122/m/6121057432

MO_JOJO
01-31-2007, 03:54 AM
I've always found my answers amongst the resources in this link.

http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/

Just click on the drop-down list that says 'Select a Department', then find the one that sounds like what you're looking for.

You may have to drill down into the sites a bit, but you will see that there is much info linked there.

Good luck!