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Old 15th August 2012, 21:48
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First Spitfire Captured by the Luftwaffe

As a spinoff from another discussion on the LW board, the question came up as to the identity of the first Spitfire captured by the Luftwaffe.
Acording to Alfred Price, the Germans had four Spifires in flyable or repairable condition by the beginning of the Battle of Britain
These are the candidates I could think of:

Spitfire PRIB, P9331, 212 Squadron, captured in a hangar by the Germans June 1940

Spitfie I, P9317, 222 Sq, captured after wheels down landing,June 1,1940

Spitfire I,N3243, 74 Sq, landed wheels down on May 1940
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Old 16th August 2012, 05:36
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Re: First Spitfire Captured by the Luftwaffe

Ok, I think I have the fourth and final one. the so-called French Spitfire I, which was " the 251st production aircraft of the L-serial batch...It was equiped with a three blade two pitch prop"

There is a picture of the A/C in the Spitfire book by Morgan and Shacklady.

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Old 16th August 2012, 13:41
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Re: First Spitfire Captured by the Luftwaffe

Does anyone know which one was tested at around the summer 1940 by E-Stelle Rechlin? The machine was noted to be with a two-pitch prop.
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Old 13th September 2012, 23:45
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Re: First Spitfire Captured by the Luftwaffe

Where any of these the one that had a Daimler Benz engine put in? I've a picture of it somewhere but if I recall correctly all the British markings were painted over.
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Old 14th September 2012, 02:29
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Re: First Spitfire Captured by the Luftwaffe

Luckily, I have the May 68 issue of "Flying Review International" which has the whole story. The airplane was Spitfire Vb EN830, 234 Sq, RAF which was flown P/O Scheidhauer (French) who crash landed in the Channel Islands on November 18,1942. He was killed in the Great Escape in March 1944.
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Old 20th September 2012, 18:56
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Re: First Spitfire Captured by the Luftwaffe

Hello,
How about 66 Sqdn's N3027 force-landed in Belgium on the 13th May 40 by F/O Brown who evaded. the a/c was damaged.
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