|A preserved PR Mk XI Spitfire (PL965) in PRU Blue (2008)|
Photo by Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone) - Own work.
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - Source
Okay, what does that have to do with that reconnaissance Spitfire in the lead photo?
In this post the other day I made the following statements as regards the Spitfire's range versus the Mustang's range...
Both are solid designs, the P-51 perhaps a bit better as regards armament and certainly far superior in range.
No Spitfire would fly to Berlin and back. Many a Mustang did.Well yes and no...
There were Spitfires that could fly to Berlin and back. An anonymous reader sent me a link to the following YouTube video.
A great story.
Yup, Lieutenant John Blythe flew his reconnaissance Spitfire to Berlin and back. So it was do-able.
Okay, okay so reconnaissance Spitfires are not going to escort B-17s to Berlin and back, like the P-51 did. But hey, someone had to take pictures of the targets, before and after.
They were unarmed but man oh man, trying to take on a Spitfire, armed or otherwise, isn't for the unskilled. No sir.
Good thing I allowed anonymous commenters again, isn't it?
Heh. I stand corrected.