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The Messerspit

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  1. CAC

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    "A captured Spitfire Mark Vb fitted with a Daimler Benz DB605a engine. The modified test plane exhibited superb handling characteristics melded with the higher engine power and speed of the German Daimler-Benz engine.

    Originally a captured Spitfire Mark Vb (EN830/NX-X) that accidentally landed on the Nazi occupied Channel island of Jersey on 18th November 1942. It was taken to Rechlin, Germany within a month of its capture. It would be given the code CJ-ZY and painted yellow and green.

    A number of changes were made to the Spitfire, firstly its 12 volt electrical system was replaced with the Luftwaffe's 24 volt one. The Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 was also removed with a Daimler-Benz DB 605A engine installed. It would then be sent to Echterdinged, Stuttgart where a propeller and carburettor scoop from a Messerschmitt Bf 109G was fitted. Also significantly, the original guns of the Spitfire Vb was removed."

     
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    I've read about this! The German test pilots said that the bastardized plane performed better that either a regular 109 or the Spit.
     
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