|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.
On January 5, 1943 Otto Smik was assigned to No. 312 Czechoslovak Squadron and 7 days
later to No. 310 Czechoslovak Squadron. Otto changed squadrons a lot, next came No. 131, No.
122 and then No. 222 Squadron where he accumulated most of his 8 air victories. From
April 1944 until July 1944 Smik was assigned to No. 310 Squadron again. In June, while flying
MJ291/ NN-N he downed 2.5 Fw-190s. On November 28 1944, assigned to No. 127 Squadron
and flying Spitfire RR227 Otto Smik was hit by flak and was killed.
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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F/O Otto Smik Spitfire LF Mk IX.c MJ291,
No. 310 Sqn. (Czech)
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