Another conversion of the Spitfire Mk V, this time the Spitfire VB with the universal wing able to take either the usual 2 cannon and 4 m-guns or four cannon ( the latter option never fitted) and provision for a bomb under each wing. All the Seafire IIs were produced as new and were not conversions of existing aircraft. A more powerful Merlin 32 engine driving a four bladed propeller started to be fitted from November 1942 , the designation for a Seafire so equipped being L Mk IIC in due couse all Mk IICs were converted to this configuration. It was Seafire Mk IICs which provided the air cover for the “Torch” landings in West Africa. In all 372 Mk IICs were produced.