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« on: December 22, 2008, 02:11:35 PM »

According to the Form 78 (aircraft movement card) this Spitfire went to 8 MU 7-5-42. From there to High Ercall 21-6-42. Damaged flying accident category B 20-7-42, repaired on site. To 65 Squadron 2-12-42. De Havilland 1-11-43, 61 OTU 23-9-44, SOC major repair 13-2-45.

From Spitfire International.

TOC/RAF 7-5-42 – U.S.8th Air Force; 31st FG, 309th FS High Ercall (WZ-Y) 21-6-42; Flying accident  category B  29-6-42 Lt DE Shafer Jr; RAF repair in works 7-42; 67th Observer Group Membury, 12th Squadron, ran off runway into soft ground, tipped on nose, Category A 2-11-42 1/Lt  GH Woodrow OK. SOXO (code name for US 8th Air Force) 67th Reconnaissance Group Membury, 109th Squadron 8-7-43; Retired RAF repaired  in works 1-11-43; SOXO deleted inventory 1-2-44.

Because of the training role of the 67th Reconnaissance Group not much attention was given to the application of codes, with many of its Spitfires retaining the codes of its previous owners. 

“Various sources mention that it served with Nos. 65, 315 (Polish) Squadrons and later also No. 345 Free French squadron until it was scrapped in early 1945”

No mention of it serving with 315 or 345 squadrons. Cannot find it listed among 315 Squadron Spitfires. However, BM653 served twice with 315 Squadron, 4-9-42 – 5-12-42 and 4-3-44 – 3-6-44. The nincompoops strike again.

Another photograph of BM635 at Membury. Date given 14th March 1943. The serial number can be seen in small letters on the top of the fin. Not an uncommon practice.
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