Spitfire R7139

Any information?

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

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Here is a photo of Spitfire R7139 that was sponsored by the townspeople of Walsall in the west midlands. They raised so much money that they actually paid for the construction of two Spitfires R7143 that later came to Canada and R7139 that ended up serving with No. 308 and 403 Squadrons. I am still trying to find out any information on the coding of R7139 while flying with No. 403 and who was involved in the flying accident on June 3, 1941.

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R7139Photo credit: author’s collection via Walsall Local History Centre

Factory No. 1467
Sponsored as “Walsall II
First Flight – George Pickering February 20, 1941
No. 6 Maintenance Unit February 20, 1941
No. 308 (F) “City of Kraków” Squadron (coded ZW-C) May 14, 1941
No. 403 (F) “City of Calgary” Squadron…

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