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'' Spitfire Mk.XIV "91 Squadron RAF"
The introduction of the powerful 2,035hb Griffon engined Spitfire MK XIV saw a performance improvement at all altitudes over the earlier Merlin engined variants. It gave the Spitfire a significant advantage over the German FW190A and it also made it ideal for tackling the menace of the V1 'buzz bomb' flying bombs. No. 91 Sqn, based at West Malling, achieved the best record against the flying bomb, shooting down 184 with its Mk XIVs. One of the Squadron's most successful pilots during the V1 campaign was Flt. Lt. H. D. 'Johnny' Johnson. In total he claimed 13.5 destroyed with his first, shared, kill being in a Spitfire Mk XIV RB188 on 23rd June 1944. He brought down a further four V1s in the same aircraft which bore the distinctive nose art of a naked lady riding a V1. RB188 later served with 130 and 350 Sqns in Europe and was transferred to Thailand after the War.
- Royal Air Force - 91 Squadron RAF, Flt.Lt.H.D.Johnson, West Malling, July 1944.