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  • Farmgate
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2011
    • 83

    Spitfire Mk. V in Indian Air Force: seeking photos

    I have read that Mk. Vc's served in the IAF from 1943-44. Can anyone refer me to a photo or profile depicting IAF Spitfire Mk. Vc's of any IAF Squadron? I am researching the color schemes and markings. Thank you very much for your reply.
  • Edgar Brooks
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Apr 2009
    • 966

    #2
    Air-Britain's "Spitfire International" doesn't list any, just VIIIs, XIVs, XVIIIs, XIXs and one P.R.XI.

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    • l.garey
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Feb 2006
      • 1954

      #3
      According to http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Hi...itfire.html#Mk Vc/Trop

      All the Mk Vs used by the IAF were powered by the Merlin 66 and arrived Bombay from August 1943. Four served with No 4 Squadron while at least one served with No 1 SFTS (India) in 1946 with the code “88” painted on MA 368 (SOC - 25.4.46.). All IAF Vc were serialled MA---. MA 364 a Vc/Trop is known to have had an incident with then Flg Offr H Moolgavkar (later Air Chief Marshal and Chief of the Air staff). This aircraft taken on charge by the RAF on 25 July 1943, arrived Bombay on 27 September 1943 for 136 Squadron RAF. Its date of transfer to 4 Squadron IAF is not known. However, on 15 January 1945 at Murdania (a beach strip), while aborting take off after an engine failure at 30 ft, Moolgavkar landed wheels down and ran into shallow water and overturned. Moolgavkar was rescued just in time before drowning. The aircraft was SOC on the same date.

      See also http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Hi...Spitfires.html

      The first Supermarine Spitfire with the IAF was a lone Spitfire Mk Vc provided to No.4 Squadron on the eve of the Arakan Campaign. Operated by Indian veterans from the European front, the Spitfire was flown in a pathfinding as well as an interceptor role operating from Cox Bazar.
      Last edited by l.garey; 11th July 2014, 08:21. Reason: More data
      Laurence

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      • DazDaMan
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2003
        • 18719

        #4
        Mk.V powered by a Merlin 66?
        Daren Cogdon

        Spitfire fanatic

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        • Mark12
          MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
          • Jan 2000
          • 10868

          #5
          The long awaited book on the Indian Air Force Spitfires is imminent I gather.

          Mark
          "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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          • antoni
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Dec 2005
            • 704

            #6
            Originally posted by DazDaMan View Post
            Mk.V powered by a Merlin 66?
            Somebody is getting mixed up. MA364 was a Vc and it went to India but it had a Merlin 55M.

            http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p057.html

            A Merlin 66 is of course a MK VIII or Mk IX.

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            • Sopwith
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2009
              • 1525

              #7
              Originally posted by Mark12 View Post
              The long awaited book on the Indian Air Force Spitfires is imminent I gather.

              Mark
              Do tell please, haven't heard of this one. Thanks

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              • Graham Boak
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Nov 2008
                • 955

                #8
                There was a photo of an Indian Air Force Mk.Vc in (I think) Aeroplane Monthly a few years back. It was an ex-607 Sq machine, in OTU use with a large 2-figure number. This may well have been MA368.

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                • Mark12
                  MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 10868

                  #9
                  MA286 along with at least two others were used in India on second line duties, indeed flown by 'Cotteswold' who has a very nice air to air photo.

                  What constitutes a transfer to the Indian Air Force I am not quite sure pre 1947. The markings would be the same.

                  Mark

                  The Indian Spitfire book by Polly Singh is scheduled for July. Simon Watson at the Aviation Book Shop will certainly be carrying it.
                  Last edited by Mark12; 11th July 2014, 19:19.
                  "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                  • Sopwith
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2009
                    • 1525

                    #10
                    Thanks Mark12, much appreciated.

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                    • Jagan
                      bharatiyayuddhapakshulu
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 610

                      #11
                      The book has since been released. Google "Spitfires in the Sun" and you will see a cover. As far as copies being avialable, logistics are still being worked out. But if you are feeling particularly rich, then you can always head to Amazon..
                      My Books: The Westland Wapiti in the Indian Air Force (1933-1943) | Eagles over Bangladesh | The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965

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