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Spitfire Vb Trop
No.417 Sqn., BR487/AN-V, Tunisia
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|The first Spitfire Mk V was produced in January 1941 and proved to be as good as the Mk III and
less complicated. The Mk V was the most produced variant of the Spitfire and the main version
throughout 1941 and was a better aircraft than the Bf-109 but that all changed with the
introduction of the Fw-190. The Mk V remained the RAF fighter through the summer of 1942 and
saw several variants developed using bigger engines, new wing types and more armament.
There were 20,351 Mk V aircraft built in all variants.
The RCAF 417 Squadron “City of Windsor” was formed in England in November 1941 as part of
RAF Fighter Command and flew the Spitfire MkVb and Vc between October 1942 and September
1943. In June 1942 the 417 Squadron was transferred to Egypt as part of the Desert Air Force to
provide support to the British Eighth Army. In April 1943 the 417 Squadron became the only
Canadian in the Desert Air Force and provided close support throughout Tunisia, Sicily and Italy.
The squadron was disbanded on June 30, 1945.
Specifications Spitfire Mk. Vb
Production - 3,923
Role – Fighter
Crew - 1
Length – 29 ft 11 in (9.11 m)
Wingspan - 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Height - 11 ft 5 in (3.48 m)
Empty - 5,100 lb (2,313 kg
Maximum - 6,785 lb (3,078 kg)
Powerplant - 1 X 1,440 hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 45/46/50 V-12
Speed - 371 mph (597 km/h) @ 20,000 ft (6,096 m)
Climb Rate - 20,000 ft / 7.5 min (6,095 m in 7.5 min)
Service Ceiling - 37,000 ft (11,278 m)
Range - 470 miles (756 km)
2 x 20-mm cannon
4 x 0.303-in machine-guns
Centre-line rack for 500 lb bomb or tank