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Spitfire

aircraft production

Damage Categories

RAF and FAA damage categories were:

Pre 1941:
UUndamaged
M(u)Capable of being repaired on site by the operating unit
M(c)Beyond the unit's capacity to repair
R(B)Repair on site is not possible: the aircraft must be dismantled and sent to a repair facility
WWrite-off

1941 - 1952:
UUndamaged
AAircraft can be repaired on site
AcRepair is beyond the unit capacity, but can be repaired on site by another unit or a contractor
BBeyond repair on site, but repairable at a Maintenance Unit or at a contractor's works
CAllocated to Instructional Airframe duties (for ground training)
EWrite-off
E1Write-off but considered suitable for component recovery
E2Write-off and suitable only for scrap
E3Burnt out
EmMissing from an operational sortie (categorised 'Em' after 28 days)

Categories were sometimes prefixed 'FA' for flying accident and 'GA' for ground accident

Fleet Air Arm 1942 - 1944:
SServiceable within 48 hours
X.1Unserviceable, and repairable within 14 days
X.2Unserviceable, and repairable locally, but not serviceable within 14 days
X/CUnserviceable, and needs a repair party from contractor
Y.1Major damage requiring repair in a Naval Yard or Contractors Site
Y.2Badly damaged airframe requiring major work for serviceability. Recommended for disposal to a repair yard or contractor for a Category B overhaul
ZW/OTo be Struck off charge
Z.1Beyond economical repair, to be S.O.C and reduced to spares
Z.2Beyond economical repair, to be S.O.C and disposed of as scrap

Fleet Air Arm 1944 -:
SSUndamaged
LQLight damage. Repairable with local resources
LXLight damage. Repairable by station or ship
LCLight damage. Repairable by station or ship, but with contractor’s party
LYLight damage. Not repairable locally
HXHeavy damage. Repairable by station or ship
HCHeavy damage. Repairable by station or ship, but with contractor’s party
HYHeavy damage. Not repairable locally
ZZLost, not repairable, or beyond economic repair