Removing the Merlin Engine

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Click to enlarge image Mechanics of an American Fighter Group dismantle a Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 engine from a Spitfire Mk. V, an operation which ...

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Mechanics of an American Fighter Group dismantle a Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 engine from a Spitfire Mk. V, an operation which required a crane. The photograph has been taken at the USAAF Fighter Station in Audley End, England in April 1943. Can anyone help identifying the unit?
[US National Archives]

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By Dave Stevens  |  2011-04-18 at 21:38  |  permalink

Looks Like MD which would be RAF 133 squadron formed on August 1, 1941. Tragically the entire squadron was lost on a mission on Sept. 26, 1942. All left over equipment -including the ship pictured- was transfered to 336 SQ, 4th FG, USAAF shortly after. Those are all probably Yanks working on a “survivor”.

here is a link to what info there is: http://www.btinternet.com/~lee_mail/133.html

ds

By Steve. Boczkowski  |  2014-02-02 at 13:15  |  permalink

Maybe the ME on the fuselage would help, if it could be tracked down to the 1943, era! Dad was with 302, during the same year

By Steve. Boczkowski  |  2014-02-02 at 13:17  |  permalink

Sorry, that is md

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