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