This photo, originating from HMSO publications of the time, had been entitled “Spitfires can take it. Riddled fighter makes safe landing in Italy”. It is believed to be taken in 1944 and the aircraft is a Spitfire Mk.
flown from the UK to the Canadian Air Force Museum, Formerly “M” of the Indian Air Force, built by the Ford Motor Company’s plant at Willow Run, Michigan. It was allocated to the RAF under the Lend-Lease programme, and assumed the RAF serial KN
Spitfire Mk I PR-L taxies out from its dispersal point at RAF Northolt on 1 July 1940, with P/O David M "DMC" Crook of No 609 Squadron RAF strapped into the cockpit. Flying the aircraft on the evening of 9 July, the 25-year-old pilot claimed a Ju 87B-1 of 1/StG77 destroyed and another damaged off Portland Bill, its first aerial victories.