Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe

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This page is about the premium gift British fighter Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe. For other versions, see Spitfire (Family).
Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe
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Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe
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Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe is a premium gift rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory" and was removed from the store after the 2018 Independence Day Summer Sale. It has been made available again for the 2018 "Royal Air Force Centenary", the 2020 "80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain" events, and the 2021 May sale. It has also been available in-game for Golden Eagles Ge icon.png for a limited time during the 2021 and 2022 "Battle of Britain Day" mini-events.

The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of the plane Canadian pilot James Prendergast used in the No.414 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying reconnaissance and ground attack missions over Europe before the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

The Spitfire FR Mk. XIVe was a purpose built low altitude Reconnaissance Airframe. This plane is an example of the 1945 "e" equipped with a clipped "e" type wing, allowing it to mount the respectable armament of 2 cannons and two .50 calibre, a camera for reconnaissance and have a bubble canopy. The short wing tips vastly increase the roll rate of the aircraft but sacrifice some horizontal and vertical manoeuvrability. The powerful Griffon Mk.65 allowed it to climb better than the majority of enemy fighters at nearly all attitudes; however, the performance drop at altitudes, compared to full winged XIVe's is noticeable.

General info

Prendergast's Spitfire, in Update 1.55
Prendergast's Spitfire, in Update "Hot Tracks"

Flight performance

Max speed
at 8 077 m730 km/h
Turn time20 s
Max altitude12 000 m
EngineRolls-Royce Griffon-65
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight5 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 8,077 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 698 676 12000 21.5 22.4 18.1 18.1 400
Upgraded 776 730 18.8 20.1 32.0 23.7


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
794 260 N/A N/A 260 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 321 < 400 < 350 > 500

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural794 km/h
Gear260 km/h
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  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen
  • 4 mm Steel plates in pilot's seat
  • 4-7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate between the fuselage fuel tank and oil cooling system
  • 6 mm Steel plate in front of liquid cooling system
  • 3 mm Steel boxes around wing ammunition

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 941 Sl icon.png
RB4 376 Sl icon.png
SB6 215 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts320 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 050 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 230 / 480 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 172 / 172 / 172 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Mods compressor.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
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Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
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Mods armor cover.png
Mods ammo.png
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Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
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Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
SMBC mk.2
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Mk.II year 1942
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Mk.II year 1943


Offensive armament

Ammunition270 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Ammunition520 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
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The Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (135 rpg = 270 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (260 rpg = 520 total)

The armament of 1 x Hispano Mk.II and 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun per wing is more than adequate for all but the heaviest of targets, cannon ammunition is low at only 120 RPG or 240 total. 20 mm ammo should be conserved as much as possible .50 calibre should be used vs. soft targets and on shots intended to force an enemy to manoeuvre. Neither can damage AI medium or heavy tanks but both can damage pillboxes when aimed properly.

Suspended armament

List of setups (1)
Setup 11 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb
Main article: G.P. Mk.IV (500 lb)

The Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb (500 lb total)

Usage in battles

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Make sure to climb every match, better off having too much energy than too little.

When faced with an enemy of lower "E" (energy) state at equivalent altitude, zoom climbing and diving is incredibly effective. This can even be effective vs. the infamous Yak 3P.

Rope-a-dope and scissors make good defensive tactics; lowering throttle may be needed to compensate for the lack of flaps. Also using the high roll rate and decent turning can throw off an enemy's aim but will cost you some speed.

Conserve ammo! Use your MG's to conserve cannon ammo whenever possible.

Head-ons are possible but not recommended due to the fragile engine, a better tactic is to fake a head-on but use your roll and turn speeds to dodge the enemy. However, Hispano cannons are very effective due to their lack of tracers, high velocity and damage.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Fast climber (best at roughly 300 km/h (185 mph) at 20 degrees)
  • Excellent vertical manoeuvrability
  • Good zoom climber
  • Fast acceleration
  • Fast roll rate
  • Cools well at 100% throttle
  • Dive speeds and handling is very good


  • Engine is water cooled and susceptible to damage
  • Requires slow landing speeds
  • Higher stall speed than unclipped Spitfires
  • Low ammo for cannons
  • Lacks Combat flaps
  • WEP has considerably higher fuel usage, take at least 30 minutes, preferably 45


Archive of the in-game description

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV was a single engine, single seat fighter which served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

In 1941 the Spitfire Mk.IV was the first Spitfire to be trialed with the new Rolls Royce Griffon engine. By the time the Griffon Spitfire entered service with the RAF in February 1943, subsequent modifications had redesignated the aircraft as the Spitfire Mk.XII. As successful as this new Spitfire was at low altitudes, the Mk.XII's performance was actually inferior to the Merlin engine Mk.IX at medium and high altitudes. Thus, the Spitfire Mk.XIV entered service as an interim fix. Fitted with a Rolls Royce Griffon 65 with two-stage supercharger producing 2050 hp, the Mk.XIV immediately corrected many of the performance shortcomings suffered by the Mk.XII. The fuselage was strengthened to harness the powerful engine and a five bladed Rotol propeller replaced the earlier four bladed examples. Early models were fitted with the Type C wing although later Mk.XIVs were equipped with the Type E wing housing two 20mm Hispano cannons and two .50 caliber Browning machine guns or four 20mm cannons, as well as a high visibility teardrop canopy. A common modification to the Mk.XIV was the clipped wing, which increased roll rate and gave a marginal increase to speed, but at the most of rate of climb.

The Spitfire Mk.XIV entered service with Nos. 91, 322 and 610 Squadrons in southeast England where it saw notable success as an interceptor against V-1 Flying Bombs but also as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force in operations over occupied Europe. Spitfire Mk.XIVs were also planned for use in the Far East but whilst a number of airframes were shipped to Burma, none were operational before the end of the war. The Spitfire Mk.XIV met mixed reviews from its pilots; whilst there was no doubt of the huge performance increase the new variant offered, it was uncomfortable to fly and lacked the balance and control harmonization of earlier Merlin engine Spitfires. Just under 1000 Spitfire Mk.XIVs were produced with exports being employed by the Air Forces of India, Belgium and Thailand.



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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External links

Merlin engine  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb
  Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop
  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
  Spitfire LF Mk IX · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc
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Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
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