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PRU - Photographic Reconnaissance Unit

The task of the PRU was to take photos of enemy shipping & territory. These were passed on to Photo Interpretation & Intelligence units. The Spitfires of 69 Squadron used in this unit were specially modified & stripped of guns to save weight & add speed. Sometimes these aircraft would go out twice a day to cover Sicilian aerodromes & Italian ports. Naples, Taranto or Brindisi could be photographed on successive days. Missions were also flown to Tripoli on the north African coast or Cagliari in Sardinia.

See also the page on Maryland.

Adrian Warburton 'Warby'.
Photo courtesy of Keith Bastard.