N3277 was a Supermarine Spitfire Mk I.
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 234 Squadron on 15 April, receiving squadron code AZ-H.
On 15 August 1940 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 Cherbourg, 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.
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