History[edit | edit source]
Built as part of a September 1938 order for 200 Spitfires, N3277 was flown for the first time on 5 January 1940. After being passed to 24 Maintenance Unit on 16 January, the aircraft was assigned to squadron service on 15 April.
While on patrol N3277, flown by Pilot Officer Richard Hardy, was attacked by Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 53 and damaged while near the Isle of White.
After making a forced landing in France, Pilot Officer Hardy became a Prisoner of War, while N3277 was quickly repaired, repainted in Luftwaffe markings, and sent to Germany for evaluation, which included the fitting of a Daimler Benz engine.
The final fate of N3277 in unrecorded.
References[edit | edit source]
- Lake, Alan. Flying Units of the RAF. Airlife Publishing. 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6 Page 245
- Morgan, Eric B and Edward Shacklady. Spitfire - The History. 2000. ISBN 0 946219 48 6 Page 80
- Morgan, Eric B and Edward Shacklady. Page 82
- Flypast Magazine. Key Publishing Ltd. November 2013 - Page 43