Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb : Der Spitfeuer.

This Spitfire Mk.Vb (EN850) was captured on November 18, 1942 after its pilot, P/O Bernard Scheidhauer, made a crash landing in the Jersey Channel island. Shipped to the Daimler-Benz factory at Echterdingen it was flown there by some the factory pilots before this bizarre conversion was undertaken. A household DB 605A-1 engine replaced the Spit’s usual Merlin; obviously custom made nose cowlings were added with some standard Bf 109G features: the spinner and propeller obviously. Suitably attired with a very conspicuous yellow nose, EN830 served for quite a long time until it was destroyed on August 14, 1944 under the bombs of the Americans.
The reason of this bizarre exercice? Curiosity killed the cat, no doubt.


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