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Author Topic: Armoured windscreens ... when?  (Read 2154 times)
wally7506
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« on: August 10, 2009, 05:35:12 AM »

When were the first armoured windscreens mounted on frontline Spit Mk Is?  Late '39 or early '40?

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NZTyphoon
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 12:31:51 PM »

Hi Wally, according to Ted Hooton the armoured windscreens started being fitted in September 1939 (Hooton Spitfire Camouflage 1938-1940 Scale Aircraft Modelling November 1982.) According to Leo McKinstry this was done on Dowding's recommendation; during a meeting of the Air Staff he was greeted with laughter for making the recommendation. The windscreen was made up of  'Triplex' which was a layer of tough plastic between two sheets of glass, same as some types of car windscreen, so it wasn't really "armoured'" - bullet resistant would be a better description. (McKinstry Spitfire:Portrait of a Legend 2007, pp.140-141.)

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