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Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB/VC, Mk IX Lf/HF, Mk XVI

Greece received the first Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB/VC from the British in the MIddle East at the end of 1943. Initially the 336 Interceptor Squadron is equipped with them and afterwards the 335 Interceptor Squadron. After military action over North Africa and Jugoslavia, the Greek Spitfire returned to Greece in September 1944. From 1947 they were used for training in combat tactics in the Air Force Flight School after they took part to the early battles of the Civil War.

From January 1947, improoved Spitfire Mk IX were received which had different model of the Merlin engine wing tip. This new type consisted the main type of air support during the 1947-1949 period, undertaking air raid missions with rockets, explosive and Napalm bombs. The use of this last weaponry is the first that is noted in the world's post-war history at the scene of limited extend conflict.

After 1949, the Air Force has received the most modern Spitfire Mk XVI, which had more powerfull engines, assuming the role of the Spitfire Mk IX. A small number of photo-reconnaissance Mk PR XI/XIII delivery is mentionned . The Spitfire retired in 1954. According to Greek sources, at least 107 Mk V, 121 Mk IX and 65 Mk XVI was totally delivered.

Technical Specifications:

 Crew 1
 Engines 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 or 46 of 1445hp
    Max 6710lb
    Empty 5065lb
    Wingspan 36ft 10in
    Length 29ft 11in
    Height 9ft 11in
 Wing Area 292 sqft
    Max Velocity 369 mph (at 11500ft)
    Service ceiling 36200ft (max 36700ft)
Weaponry 2x20mm machine guns, 3 x 0,303in machine guns, 1 500lb and 2 x 250lb bomb payload