Spitfire Mk XVI (LF) Specification

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.

The Spitfire Mk XVI was produced as a derivative of the Mk IX, mainly as a low altitude fighter and fighter bomber. The essential difference was the use of an American Packard built Merlin 266 instead of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 66.

Imports of the 266 engine began in late 1944 and the airframes were designated as Mk IX or Mk XVI depending on whether the Rolls-Royce or Packard Merlins were fitted.

Wing Span (clipped) 32ft 7in (231 sq ft area)
Length 31ft 6in (broad chord rudder)
Tail Span 10ft 6in
Weights Max take-off 9,500 lb Normal 7900 lb
Power Unit Packard Merlin 266 delivering 1580 (max) hp
Engine Weight 1645 lbs
Airscrew 4 blade constant speed Rotol airscrew with Jablo or Hydulignum wood blades
Armament 2 x 20mm cannon with 120 rounds
  4 x 0.303 machine guns with 350 rounds each

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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.

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> The Spitfire Mk XVI Specification.

TB752 In Combat

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