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Spitfire

aircraft production

Abbreviations

The column headings used in the production summary are:
PageCross reference to the web page containing individual aircraft histories
Serial rangeThe start and end serial of each batch. Note that during the war the RAF used  'blackout blocks' within serial ranges in order to disguise the true number of aircraft produced.  Consequently each batch contained blocks of unused serials
QtyThe quantity of aircraft in the range
FacThe factory where the aircraft were produced:
ASTAir Service Training
CBCastle Bromwich
COCunliffe Owen
PPPhillips & Powis South Marston (Vickers from 1 April 1943)
SSupermarine
WWestland
ContractThe contract number
CommentsDetails of cancelled batches and other comments

The column headings used in the detailed production list are:
SerialCross reference to the web page containing individual aircraft histories
MarkMark number. Principal prefixes and suffixes used were:
LFLow level fighter
LRLong range tanks fitted
HFHigh level fighter
PRPhoto reconnaissance
aEight machine guns
bFour machine guns and two cannon
cUniversal wing (either machine gun or cannon)
eTwo 20mm cannon + 0.5in machine guns
TTropical version
c/nConstruction number, where known. Generally this is the number appearing in the Supermarine 'production ledger' held by the RAF Museum. This ledger runs to December 1943 and most likely records the works number. The ledger contains some errors, which have been corrected in this list.
FacThe factory where the aircraft was completed:
ALDAldermaston
ASTAir Service Training
BENBenson
BHM24Birmingham (CBAF postcode)
CBAFCastle Bromwich Aircraft Factory
CHAChattis Hill
COACunliffe Owen
CosCosford
DesDesford
EAEastleigh
HEASupermarine built at dispersal units
HPAHigh Post
KEAKeevil
MorrisMorris Motors (CBAF)
PPSMPhillips & Powis South Marston
R-RRolls Royce Hucknall (Mk V to IX conversions)
VAHPkVickers Armstrong Hursley Park
EngineThe engine model. M=Merlin G=Griffon
HistoryThe unit and squadron history, and fate of the aircraft. Refer to the abbreviations below for an explanation of terms.

Units referred to in the production list:
AAEEAeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment
AASAir Armament School
ACSEAAir Command South East Asia
ADAircraft Depot
ADFAircraft Delivery Flight
ADUAircraft Delivery Unit
AFSAdvanced Flying School
AGSAir Gunners School
AHQAirfield Headquarters
ANSAir Navigation School
APCArmament Practice Camp
APSArmament Practice Station
APUAircraft Preparation Unit
ASPAir Stores Park
ASRAir Sea Rescue
ASTAir Service Training
ATAAir Transport Auxiliary
BSDUBomber Support Development Unit
CAACUCivilian Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation Unit
CACFCoast Artillery Co-Operation Flight/Unit
CGSCentral Gunnery School
CMUCivil Maintenance Unit
CROCivilian Repair Organisation
CRSCentral Radio School
CRUCivilian Repair Unit
CTUCombat Training Unit
CUConversion Unit
EPEquipment Park
FLTFlight
FPFerry Pool (ATA)
FPPFerry Pilots Pool Organisation
FRSFlying Refresher School
FTSFlying Training School
FTUFerry Training & Aircraft Despatch Unit
FUFerry Unit
GCFGroup Communication Flight
GDCGroup Disbandment Centre
GPGroup Pool
GRPGroup
GSUGroup Support Unit
HALHeston Aircraft Ltd
HCUHeavy Conversion Unit
MedMediterranean
MUMaintenance Unit
OADUOverseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
OCUOperational Conversion Unit
OTUOperational Training Unit
PAFU(Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
PATPPacked Aircraft Transit Pool
PDUPhotographic Development Unit
PRFU(Pilot) Refresher Flying Unit
PRUPhotographic Reconnaissance Unit
R-RHRolls Royce Hucknall
ROSRepair On Site Parties (Came under the control of MU's)
RSURepair & Salvage Sections/Units
SSquadron
SCSalvage Centre
SGRSchool Of General Reconnaissance
SLGSatellite Landing Grounds
SOTTSchool Of Technical Training
SPStaging Post
SUServicing Unit
TAF2nd Tactical Air Force
TEUTactical Exercise Units
WNGWing

Other abbreviations:
1 2 3 4Damage categories
AC CA CB CEDamage categories
CvConverted
FAFlying accident (followed by Damage Category: CE=Writeoff)
FFFirst flew
FHFlying hours
FTRFailed to return
GAGround accident (followed by category)
RNDARoyal Naval Deposit Account
SOCStruck off (RAF) Charge

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