Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV


The first production Supermarine Spitfire to be fitted with the Rolls-Royce Griffon engine - 35 litres to the Merlin's 27 - was the Spitfire Mk XII. Based on the Spitfire Mk V airframe, one hundred were built and equipped two squadrons, being used to intercept Focke Wulf Fw 190 fighter bombers and VI "flying bombs". The definitive Griffon-powered fighter was the Spitfire Mk XIV, with the engine fitted to a Spitfire Mk VIII airframe, and was introduced to service in increasing numbers towards the end of the war; in particular it was employed by the Second Tactical Air Force as the conflict spread in to Germany itself.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV.