spit_Ia

Spitfire

aircraft production

Reconciliation

These pages list the totals for each serial batch as recorded in various principal publications on the Spitfire, and  identify variations in the totals and marks. I have conducted research at the Public Records Office, RAF Museum and Cambridge University  library in order to determine the correct figures. Incomplete and inaccurate official documentation means that no definitive lists can be produced  but hopefully these schedules will amend some of the more common errors.

The publications reconciled are:

ABAir Britain RAF File series
MorganMorgan & Shacklady 'Spitfire-The History'
Rob Bruce Robertson
SuperSupermarine 'production ledger' held by the RAF Museum

Refer to the Sources page for more information

The AM78 cards referred to below are the aircraft movement cards held by the RAF Museum. I have also referred to the delivery cards held by the Museum. The 'MS...' documents are manuscripts which form part of the Vickers collection at Cambridge University library, and the 'SB..' references are Supply Board minutes held by the University and the Public Records Office.


Serial rangeK5054
MarkPrototype
Quantity1
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
I proto1111
 
 
Serial rangeK9787-L1096
MarkMk I
Quantity310 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
I308308309309308
HS1111
Turkey1111
France111
 
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K9834HSHSIHSHSsee contract B817241
 
Notes:
RAF contract for 310 a/c plus p/n 251 for France registered N21
Super doesn't mention L1066 is for Turkey
 
 
Serial rangeN3023-N3299
MarkMk I
Quantity200 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
I196196198196196
proto III111
patterns3323
 
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N3296pattpattInapatternCBAF pattern fus.onlysee contract B46374
N3297IIIIIIInaIII protosee contract B23634
N3298pattpattpattnapattern[deleted from contract]see contract SB2617
N3299pattpattpattnapattern[deleted from contract]see contract SB2617
 
 
Serial rangeP7280-P8799
MarkMk II
Quantity1000 Castle Bromwich
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
IIA756770)765
IIB165151922)156
VA11)
VB787878)79
 
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P7895IIBIIAIIIIAII
P7899IIBIIAIIIIAII
P7965IIBIIAIIIIA II con to V [II]
P7984IIBIIAIIIIAII
P7990IIBIIAIIIIAII
P8042IIBIIAIIIIAII
P8091IIBIIAIIIIAIIA
P8134IIAIIBIIIIBcon I to IIB [IIB]
P8149IIBIIAIIIIAII
P8174IIBIIAIIIIAII
P8189IIAIIBIIIIBIIB con I to IIB [IIB]
P8232IIBIIAIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8238IIBIIAIIIIAIIA [IIA]
P8312IIAIIBIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8337IIBIIAIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8382IIBIIAIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8471IIBIIAIIIIA IIB IIA [IIA]
P8502IIAIIBIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8532VAVBVVBVB
P8561VBVBIIVB[VB]
P8563IIBIIAIIIIA IIA VA [IIA]
P8574IIBIIAIIIIAII [IIA]
P8579IIAIIBIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8582IIBIIAIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8586IIBIIAIIIIAII [IIA]
P8642IIBIIAIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8661IIBIIAIIIIAIIA [IIA]
P8705IIAIIBIIIIBIIB [IIB]
P8754VBVAVVBVB
IIA62015
IIB20611
VA11
VB223
 
Notes:
Robertson lists only 999 aircraft-omits P7660
Robertson doesn’t state IIA/IIB or VA/VB split
Robertson says 80 V but lists max 70 (used BMAS for split)
 
 
Serial rangeP9305-P9584
MarkMk I
Quantity200 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
I 181179181179179
PRIII222
Turkey22222
cancel17171717
 
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P9551IPRIIIII PDUPRIII protoProto contract CB2415
P9552IPRIIIII PDUPRIII protoProto contract CB2415
 
Notes:
Turkey aircraft were N22 and N23 (P9566 and P9567)
Morgan shows P9504 as Ib
 
 
Serial RangeR6595-R7350
MarkMk I
Quantity450 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
I367348354343343
PRIII6666
VA8262786565
VB1222424
PRIV12121212
 
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R6722IIIVAVAVA XLV [VA]Floatplane
R7029IPRCPRCV PRCPRIII (M45)per MS342
R7030IPRCPRCV PRCPRIII (M45)per MS342
R7031IPRCPRCV PRCPRIII (M45)per MS342
R7032IPRCPRCV PRCPRIII (M45)per MS342
R7033IPRCPRCV PRCPRIII (M45)per MS342
R7034IPRCPRCV PRCPRIII (M45)per MS342
R7035IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7036IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7037IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7038IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7039IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7040IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7041IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7042IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7043IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7044IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7055IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7056IPRIVPRDPRIVPRIVper MS342
R7120IIcon to VI later
R7158IIIVBVB I VB [VB sp can gun]con to VB later per MS
R7161IIIVBVBno card [VB sp can gun]con to VB later per MS
R7192IIIVBVB I VB [VB sp can gun]
R7195IIIVBVBVB [VB sp can gun]con to VB later per MS
R7207VBVBIVAVAVA [VA]
R7208VAVAIVAVAVA [VA]
R7209VAVAIVAVAVA [VA]
R7210IVAIVAVAVA [VA]
R7213VAVAIVAVAVA [VA]
R7217VAVAIVAVAV [VA]
R7219VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7224VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7228VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7261VAVBVVAVAVB [VA]
R7262VAVBVVBVBno card [VB]
R7265VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7276VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7277VAVBVVAVAVA [VA]
R7278VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7290VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7292VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7294VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7296VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7298VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7334VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7336VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7337VAVAVVBVBVB [VB]
R7338VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7340VAVAVVBVBVB [VB]
R7344VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7346VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
R7347VAVBVVAVAVA [VA]
R7348VAVBVVBVBVB [VB]
I24511
PRIII6666
VA277231010
VB1222424
PRIV12121212
 
Notes:
AB says R7029-44 all Mk I converted to PRIV
AB says R7055-56 all Mk I converted to PRV
Morgan shows P7029-44,55-56 in both V and PR sections
20 of the MkI had cannon wings
 
 
Serial RangeW3109-W3970
MarkMk I
Quantity450 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
VA2222192424
VB428427431425425
VC1
III11
 
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W3118VAVAVAVBVBVA [VA]
W3120VAVBVBVBVBVB [VB]
W3138VAVBVAVAVAVA [VA]
W3169VBVAVAVAVAVA [VA]
W3237VBVBVBIIIIIII III [I for Cv III]
W3240VBVBVBVAVAVB [VB Leeds II]
W3323VBVBVBVAVAVB [VA]
W3364VAVAVBVAVAVA [VA]
W3365VBVAVBVBVBVB [VB]
W3366VAVAVBVAVAVA [VA]
W3369VAVAVBVAVAVA [VA]
W3374VBVBVBVAVAVB [VB VA]
W3505VBVCVBVBVBVB [VB Hendon Endev.]
III11
VA66388
VB761044
VC1
 
Notes:
Morgan omits history for W3724
 
 
Serial RangeX4009-X4997
MarkMk I
Quantity500 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
I500492474467466
PRIII151615
VA445
VB444
PRIV989
VI11
cancel2
 
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X4332IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)PRIII MIIIper MS342
X4333IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII) V PRIII MXLVper MS342
X4334IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)PRIII MXLVper MS342
X4335IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)VtypeF MXLVper MS342
X4383IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII) V PRIII MXLVper MS342
X4384IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII) PRI PRIV MIII XLVper MS342
X4385IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII) I PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4386IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)PRI MIIIper MS342
X4491IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4492IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)VA PRIVper MS342
X4493IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII) I PRIV MIII XLVper MS342
X4494IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII) I PRIV MIII XLVper MS342
X4495IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)PRI MIIIper MS342
X4496IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)PRI MIIIper MS342
X4497IIPRC II PDUPRIII (MIII)PRIV MIII XLVper MS342
X4498IIPRC VI PDUPRIII (M45)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4499IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4500IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4501IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45)PRIV MIII XLVper MS342
X4502IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4503IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4504IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45) I PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4505IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4538IIPRC VV PRCPRIII (M45)PRV MIII XLVper MS342
X4663IVAIVAVAVA MXLV [VA]
X4664IVBIVBVBVB MXLV [VB]
X4665IVAIVAVAVA MXLV [VA]
X4666IVBIVBVBVB MXLV [VB]
X4667IVAIVAVAVA MXLV [VA]
X4668IVBIVBVBVB MXLV [VB]
X4669IVAIVAVAVA MXLV [VA]
X4670IVBIVBVBVB MXLV [VB]
X4922IIIIVA[V]proto Va
X4942IIIVIVI I V VI [VI]
I3426101
PRIII151615
VA445
VB444
PRIV989
VI11
 
Notes:
Robertson includes 2 MkI not delivered (X4708/X4780)
Super agrees these 2 crashed but X4780 was repaired
Robertson includes the 15 PRIII as MkI
Robertson has X4942 as VI in text but not summary
10 of the MkI had cannon wings
 
 
Serial RangeAA718-AB536
MarkMk I
Quantity500 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
VB324406)317317
VC81)8687
PRIV80788180
VI15151515
VII111
 
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AA873VCVBVCVCVC con to IX
AA878VCVBVCVCVC
AA963VBVCVCVC VB VC
AA979VBVCVBVBVB
AB124PRIVVBPRIVPRIV I PRIV MXLVper MS342
AB130PRIVVAPRIVPRIV I PRIV M45per MS342
AB139VCVBVCVCVC
AB167VBVB/CVCVC VC VB VC
AB178VBVB/CVCVCVC
AB248VBVCVCVCVC
AB254VCVBVCVCVC
AB262VBTVBVCVBTVBTper MS341 tropical/below
AB349VBTVBTVCVBTVBTper MS341 tropical/below
AB365VBVBVCVCVB con to VC
AB373VCVBVBVBVB
AB450VBVIIVIIVIIVII
AB455VBVCVCVCVC
AB463VBVCVCVCVCT
AB466VCVCPRIVTVCVC
AB492VBVCVBVBno card
AB494VBTVCVBVBno card
AB499VCTVCVBTVCVC VII spcltransposed AB262/349 above
AB504VCTVCVBTVCVCtransposed AB262/349 above
VB131266Rob inc 1 Va,2 Vb/c
VC8101314
PRIV232
VII111
 
Notes:
Morgan omits history for AB466 (includes in both MkV and PR summary)
Robertson says AA718-767 are PRIV should read Mk VB
AB450 cnv to MKVII prototype
 
 
Serial RangeAB779-AD584
MarkMk I
Quantity500 Castle Bromwich
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
VB500500500
 
Notes:
Robertson starts AB778- should read AB779-
 
 
Serial RangeAR212-AR621
MarkMk I
Quantity300 Westland
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
IA505050
VB146140140
VC104110110
 
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AR284VCVBVBVB
AR462VBVCVCVC
AR463VBVCVC VB VC
AR467VBVCVCVC
AR492VBVCVCVC
AR505VBVCVCVC
AR513VBVCVCVC
AR597VBVCVCVB? VC
VB711
VC177
 
Notes:
Morgan shows AR213 as Ib
 
 
Serial RangeBL231-BM653
MarkMk II
Quantity1000 Castle Bromwich
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
VB1000100010001000
 
Robertson lists BL919- should read BL918-
Robertson list BM402- should read BM399-
 
 
Serial RangeBP844-BS152
MarkMk I
Quantity800 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
VB105111010
VC344365330339340
PRIV104104107104104
VI6970707070
VII22222
IX6951787372
HFIX1
cancel192202192202
 
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BP844VBVCVBVBTVBTVBTMS341 19.2.42
BP845VBVCVBVBTVBTVBTMS341 19.2.42
BP849VBVCVBVBTVBTVBTMS341 19.2.42
BP851VBVCVBVBTVBTVBTMS341 19.2.42
BP852VBVCVBVBTVBTVBTMS341 19.2.42
BP854VCVCVBVCVCVC
BR138VCVCTIXVCTVCTVC
BR140VCVCTIXVCVCVC
BR141VCVCTIXVCVCVC
BR142VCVCTIXVCVCVC
BR143VCVCTIXVCVCVC
BR304VIVIVCVIVIVI(SR)PC
BR305VCVCTVIVCVCTVC#
BR358VCVCTPRIVVCTVCTVCT
BR361VCVCTPRIVVCVCTVC
BR364VCVCTPRIVVCTVCTVCT
BR369VCVCTIXcVCTVCVC con IX RRconv later
BR370VCVCTIXcVCVCVC con IX RRconv later
BR371VCVCTIXcVCVCVC con IX RRconv later
BR549VCVCTVCIXVCVCto RAAF
BR581VCIXcVCIX (EA)IXcIXc
BR592VCIXcVCIX (EA)IXcIXc
BR594VCIXIXIX (EA)IXIX
BR596VCIXIXIX (EA)IXIX
(20) BR621-BR640IXVCT*IXIXIXRR Cv contract
(6) BR930-BR935nacancnanacanc
(4) BR950-BR953nacancnanacanc
BR987IXVIVIVIVIVIhistory consistant with a VI
BS129IXHFIXIXIXIX
VB5655
VC183941314
PRIV3
VI12222
IX224312625
HFIX1
 
* for Cv to IX
# annotation VI PC in ledger 'checking with MAP'
 
Notes:
AB says BR410-435 adds to 36 should read 26
Robertson says 608 built but lists 598 should read 598
Morgan says 10 VB but lists 5 should be first 10
Most likely 202 cancelled as reallotted to Seafires
Morgan says BR305 last Super V built (excl RR cnvs)
AB says BF274 was IX proto-error a/c was BS274
Morgan omits history for BP915,BR633
 
 
Serial RangeBS157-BS559
MarkMk I
Quantity300 Supermarine
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
VC51121505151
PRIV252572425
VI1010121312
VII33211
IX206135229207206
HFIX1
XI5545
 
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BS226VCVCTVIIVCVCTVCto RAAF
BS253VIIVIIVIVIVIVII
(20) BS271-BS290IXVCT*IXIXIXRR Cv contract
BS310IXHFIXIXIXIX
(20) BS335-BS354IXVCT*IXIXIXRR Cv contract
BS355PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson
BS356PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson
BS359PRIVPRIVTIXVIPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson
BS360PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS361PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS362PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS363PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS365PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS366PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS367PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS427VIIVIIVIVIVIVII
BS489PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS490PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS491PRIVPRIVTIXIXPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS493PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS494PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS495PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVTPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS496PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVPRIVTPRIVTwent to Benson/per MS341
BS497XIXIIXPRIVPRXIXI
BS498XIXIIXPRXIPRXIXI
BS499XIXIPRIVPRXIPRXIXI
BS501XIXIIXPRXIPRXIXI
BS502XIXIIXPRXIPRXIXI
BS503PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVPRIVTPRIV M46
BS504PRIVPRIVTIXPRIVPRIVTPRIV M46
(30) BS530-BS559IXVCT*IXIXIXRR Cv contract
VC17111
PR191911819
VI232
VII221
IX71947271
HFIX1
XI5545
 
* for Cv to IX
 
Notes:
Robertson doesn't identify the V/IX split (assume 50Vc 229IX)
Robertson lists -BS552 should read 255
Robertson lists BS421- should read 427
 
 
Serial RangeBS573-BS724
MarkMk III
Quantity120
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
cancel120120120120
 
 
Serial RangeDP845,851
MarkMk IV prototypes
Quantity2
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
IV proto2222
 
AB Aeromilitaria says only DP845 was built
Rob says only one flew-includes under I
No card for 851 (became F20 proto)
Morgan has DP845 as XII proto then XX
Morgan has DP851 as XIV proto then 21,22,24
 
 
Serial RangeEE600-EE867
MarkMk V
Quantity200 Westland
Batch summary
Mark AB Morgan Rob Super This site
VC200200200200