Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb serial no. AA936. Probably an official photograph.
Produced in October 1941, AA936 was one of the early series
Mk. Vs coming from the Supermarine factory. According to the RAF records, it sported the Merlin 45M engine which according to the later standards would make it an LF Mk. Vb. However, this fact was not mentioned, indicative of the fact that the “LF” designation had not yet been used at the time.
The aircraft had an unusually long combat career serving with Nos. 161, 331 (Norwegian), 435, 222, 167 and 234 Squadrons between November 1941 and August 1944. On 2 October 1942 Norwegian ace Kapt. Rolf Arne Berg scored a probable victory over a Fw 190 flying this aircraft.
It is known that AA936 carried the letters FN-L in No. 331 Squadron and FU-B in No. 435. Its look may have evolved considerably during its career, including clipped wingtips (visible on the photo) and probably a change of propeller during the later period.
The aircraft was lost on 1 August 1944 as the engine cut forced the pilot to ditch off St.Catherines Point, Isle of Wight.