Supermarine Spitfire Mk V – 5th FS, 52nd FG, USAAF Western Desert, 1943
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Corgi Aviation Archive Legends AA31913: Supermarine Spitfire Mk V ER120, 5th FS, 52nd FG, USAAF Western Desert, 1943.
Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
The 52nd Fighter Group was activated on 15th Janurary 1941 at Selfridge Field, Michigan. They were trained initially with the P-40 and P-39 aircraft before being completely equipped with P-39s in early 1942 and moved to Florence AB, SC, on 18th February 1942 and Wilmington NC on 27th April 1942. In preparation for a deployment to the Western Desert the squadron was equipped with Spitfire MkVs shipped to Gibraltar and personnel sailed in a convoy on 26 October 1942. They fought with the 12th AF in North Africa and Italy and converted to P-51s in April 1944 flying escort for the 15th AF. Inactivated in November 1945 and activated again, in Germany, in 1946 they transferred to the US in 1947 and established as an all weather fighter group with P-61s and later F-82s.
Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force’s major actions.