|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.
In May 1944 the 126 (Persian Gulf) Squadron was equipped with the Spitfire IX and providing
fighter escort for bombers over north-western France as well as protection for the growing
armada being assembled for D-Day. In July 1944 the 126 was stationed at Harrowbeer and
Squadron Leader Johnny Plagis was Commander flying Spitfire IX “5J-K” ML214; that wore Kay
after his sister and Muscat, a city in Oman. In July and August Plagis scored four victories but in
September he was hit by flak and survived but the aircraft was lost.
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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Spitfire Mk. IXc
ML214, Sqn. Ldr. Johnny Plagis, 126 Squadron,
RAF Harrowbeer Devon, July - August 1944
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