|The Mk. IX replaced the Mk. V in June 1942 and on September 12, 1942 a Mk. IX brought down a
Ju-86R flying at 43,000 feet. Another major achievement of the Mk. IX took place on October 5,
1944 when 401 Squadron became the first allied aircraft to shoot down an Me-262 jet. Even with
the arrival of the Griffon powered Mk. XIV the Mk. IX continued in service until the end of WWII.
There were 5,665 Mk. IX Spitfires and its variants produced.
When WWII began Pierre Henri Clostermann was rejected by the French military so he traveled
to the U.S. and earned his pilot’s license. In 1942 he went to England and enlisted eventually
being assigned to the No. 341 “Alsace” Squadron before transferring to the No. 602
“City of Glasgow”. Clostermann had three Spitfires all LO-D with his last one being IXc MJ526.
The aircraft wore the Glasgow red lion, the French Croix de Lorraine and was stationed at
Longues sur Mer airfield mid 1944. He later flew Hawker Tempests with the RAF No. 274
Specifications for the Spitfire Mk. IX
Number built - 5,665 all Mk. IX variants
Crew – 1 X pilot
Length - 31 ft. 3.5 in.
Standard (F) - 36 ft. 10 in.
Clipped (LF) - 32 ft. 2 in.
Height - 11 ft. 9 in.
Wing Area - (F) 242 sq. ft. or (LF) 231 sq. ft.
Empty - 5,610 lbs. (2,545 kg)
Maximum Takeoff - 7,500 lbs. (3,402 kg)
1 X V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 @ 1,515 hp
1 X V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin 63 @ 1,712 hp
Maximum Speed - 408 mph (657 kph) @ 25,000 ft.
Service Ceiling - 4,000 ft.
Range w/o drop tank - 434 miles (698 km)
2 X Hispano 20mm cannons
4 X .303 machine guns
2 X .50 machine guns
1,000 lbs of bombs (500 centerline, 250 each wing)
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MJ586/LO-D, P/O Pierre Clostermann DFC,
602 Sqn., RAF, France, June/July 1944
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