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N3277 under guard[1]

N3277 was a Supermarine Spitfire Mk I.


Built as part of a September 1938 order for 200 Spitfires,[2] 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,[3] receiving squadron code AZ-H.[4]

On 15 August 1940 N3277, flown by Pilot Officer Richard Hardy, was attacked by Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 53[5] and damaged while near the Isle of White.

N3277, in German Markings, being examined.[6]

After making a forced landing in Cherbourg, France, Pilot Officer Hardy became a Prisoner of War,[3] while N3277 was quickly repaired, repainted in Luftwaffe markings, and sent to Germany for evaluation,[5] which included the fitting of a Daimler Benz engine.[3]

The final fate of N3277 in unrecorded.


  2. Morgan, Eric B and Edward Shacklady. Spitfire - The History. 2000. ISBN 0 946219 48 6 Page 80
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Morgan, Eric B and Edward Shacklady. Page 82
  4. Lake, Alan. Flying Units of the RAF. Airlife Publishing. 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6 Page 245
  5. 5.0 5.1 Flypast Magazine. Key Publishing Ltd. November 2013 - Page 43