TB752 In Combat

20,334
The number of Spitfires manufactured between 1936 and 1948.

More Spitfire Mk V aircraft were built (6,487) than any other type.

1,054 Spitfire Mk XVI's rolled off the production line at Castle Bromwich.

The Mk XVI was developed with clipped wings to attain higher speed.

TB752 shows the Wolf insignia of 403 (Wolf) Squadron RCAF.

TB752 completed wartime duty with four kills to her name. Looking at the original combat reports from each pilot gives a picture of how each action came about.

Date 21st April 1945
Pilot Squadron Leader H.P.M. Zary
Squadron 403
Type of Aircraft Spit XVI
Time Up / Down 15:00 / 16:50
Time of Attack 16:30
Place of Attack SCHNACKENBURG T.0800
Height Of Enemy 7,000 feet
Own Height 3,000 feet
Our Casualties Nil
Enemy Casualties 1 ME.109 DESTROYED
Narrative I was KAPOK leader on an Armed Recce in PARCHIM area, when returning, I sighted 2 Me.109's apparently attacking ground targets. They were climbing, when we gave chase. They climbed to about 7,000 ft. and I closed on the starboard aircraft telling F/O. LESLIE to take the port one. Closing to 600 yards, line astern, I opened fire with a 4 second burst to 400 yards, strikes cutting a third of starboard wing and fin and rudder off. Strikes were also observed on the cockpit and the aircraft crashed out of control. F/O. A.A. ROY confirms this report. Gyro sight and cine camera used. I claim one ME.109 DESTROYED.
Date 25th April 1945
Pilot Flying Officer D. Leslie
Squadron 403
Type of Aircraft Spit XVI
Time Up / Down 18:45 / 20:06
Time of Attack 19:20
Place of Attack Travemunde A/D
Height Of Enemy On Water
Own Height 0 Feet
Our Casualties Nil
Enemy Casualties 1 U/I a/c (Believed to be FW.189) Destroyed on Ground
Narrative During a low level attack on TRAVEMUNDE aerodrome I was flying black three and sighting what I believed to be a FW.189 on the edge of the drome I gave it a three second burst of Cannon fire seeing numerous strikes mainly concentrated on the engines. It immediately burst into flames and I kept on firing until I had to pull up a bit to avoid hitting it. Flak started to come at me from across the harbour so I had to break off the attack and rejoin the formation. I claim one U/I aircraft (believed to be FW.189 destroyed. Gyro sight Mk.IID and Cine gun used.
Date 1st May 1945
Pilot Flying Officer R. Young
Squadron 403
Type of Aircraft Spit XVI
Time Up / Down 09:48 / 11:00
Time of Attack 10:40
Place of Attack BERGEDF AREA. S.6447
Height Of Enemy 2000 feet
Own Height 1000 feet
Our Casualties Nil
Enemy Casualties 1 FW.190 Destroyed
Narrative I was flying Kapok Black four on a six-aircraft patrol over the LAUENBERG Bridgehead. Controller reported bandits in the area. Two or three seconds later we engaged four and I saw eight more flying tight formation on my starboard. We approached from below and the F.W.190's jettisoned two bombs each. While turning behind my No. 1 to engage one, one turned directly in front of me at about two hundred yards. I gave him a three second burst and the cockpit started smoking. He rolled on his back at 1500 ft. and on the way down did an aileron turn, piling into a field below on a thirty degree angle. There was no explosion on impact. I then climbed back up and found nothing other than our six Spitfires circling the area. We had to return to base due to shortage of gasoline. Cine gun and Gyro sight used. I claim 1 F.W. 190 as Destroyed.
Date 2nd May 1945
Pilot Flying Officer F.W. Town
Squadron 403
Type of Aircraft Spit XVI
Time Up / Down 16:00 / 17:07
Time of Attack 16:45
Place of Attack West of LUBECK
Height Of Enemy 0 feet
Own Height 2000 feet
Our Casualties Nil
Enemy Casualties 1 HE.111 Destroyed
Narrative While flying on patrol as Kapok Black Leader, Kenway controller sent me to look at shipping in LUBECK Harbour. While in LUBECK Area Controller Skallawag vectored me to an enemy aircraft. I spotted an HE.111 at 0 feet flying north west from LUBECK. I immediately attacked from astern giving a 2-second burst from 200 yards. Strikes were seen in the fuselage and it went straight in. Gyro sight fitted and cine-gun used. I claim 1 HE.111 as Destroyed.

 

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Our Spitfire has four crosses painted on the side, denoting four German aircraft shot down in combat. What is unusual is these four combat 'kills' were by four different pilots. Coded as Z and designated the 'scratch aircraft of the squadron, this Spitfire was used as the spare for any pilot needing an aircraft.

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A number of pilots flew TB752 during World War Two.

> Read more about these men.

> The Spitfire Mk XVI Specification.

TB752 In Combat

> Read the combat reports for TB752's four 'kills'..