Cold War Samurai – The 14th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1987 – 1991

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Samurai Heritage: Spitfire 944

Hat tip to Major General Arthur Clark, USAF (Retired), for Spitfire 944 documentary information!

Back in 2007, a short documentary film by William Lorton was released to the public, telling the story of Spitfire 944 and its emergency landing in Great Britain during World War II. It was received well, and garnered several film awards.

Spitfire 944 Festival Poster (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Spitfire 944 Festival Poster (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Few realize, however, that among the many Spitfires, numbers and units, that Spitfire 944, a Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI, belonged to the 14th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, lineal ancestor of the 14TFS.

Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk Xi 944 at rest during Woirld War II.  (Courtesy sgblyth on Flickr)

Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI 944 at rest during Woirld War II. (Courtesy sgblyth on Flickr)

Piloted by Lieutenant John S. Blyth of the 14PRS on 12 September 1944, Blyth brought the aircraft back to his homebase at Mount Farm Airfield after a photo recon mission.

American Photo Recon Spitfire Pilot 1st Lt. John S. Blyth flew with the 14th Photo Recon Squadron, 7th Photo Group, Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, UK.  (Courtesy Fearoflanding.com)

American Photo Recon Spitfire Pilot 1st Lt. John S. Blyth flew with the 14th Photo Recon Squadron, 7th Photo Group, Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, UK. (Courtesy Fearoflanding.com)

But due to an inadvertent problem he completed the mission with a successful wheels up landing of Spitfire 944 as seen in the 14-minute documentary.

Samples of Lt. Blyth’s wartime photo recon handiwork, which helped the success of Mighty Eighth Air Force in the air offensive against Nazi Germany, can be viewed in sgblyth’s album “Aerial Photos WWII  High Res 2” on Flickr, at:

ALG B3 (Advanced Landing Ground) Sainte Croix sur Mer June 12, 1944

You can view the “Spitfire 944” documentary at the link below:

References

“Spitfire 944,” Wikipedia entry, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitfire_944

“Supermarine Spitfire (late Merlin-powered variants),” Wikipedia entry, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire_%28late_Merlin-powered_variants%29#PR_Mk_X_and_PR_Mk_XI_.28types_387.2C_365_and_370.29

“American Spitfire Pilot in 1944 and 2005,” at: http://fearoflanding.com/history/american-spitfire-pilot-in-1944-and-2005/

Picture of Spitfire 944 at rest at:  sgblyth’s album “7th PRG Set 2” on Flickr, at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/24554019@N06/sets/72157619911531715/