List of surviving Supermarine Spitfires

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Spitfire IIA, P7350 (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight).

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War and on into the 1950s as a front line fighter and in secondary roles. It was produced in greater numbers than any other Allied fighter design and was the only Allied fighter in production throughout the war.

Many developing countries purchased Spitfires as the industrial countries phased out propeller powered aircraft in favour of the new jet engines.[1] As these nations too started to update their air squadrons Spitfires and other Second World War vintage aircraft were sold to the public or for scrap. In Hong Kong the Spitfires that remained there on active duty with the UK colonial wings were bulldozed into the sea when the runway was lengthened by reclaiming land from the water.[2]

Soon the private collectors began to band together in a group of like minded individuals that became known as the Warbird Movement. Warbird companies began to spring up as hobbies and for profit companies that focused on preserving vintage aircraft. Warbird companies are often bankrolled by the film industry's need for authentic craft in Second World War movies.[3] One of these aircraft, Spitfire Mk IX, MH434, is probably the most famous Spitfire survivor with many film credits to its name.[4] MH434 not only had a lengthy Second World War record with the RAF but saw service in the Royal Netherlands Air Force (1947) and Belgian Air Force. She was brought back to the UK in 1956 by private owners and has since starred in a number of films including The Longest Day (1962), The Battle of Britain (1969) and A Bridge Too Far (1977).

Some 22,500 Spitfires and Seafires were built between 1938 and 1946 and many survive in museums and private collections around the world today.

Statistics
The table below provides a high-level breakdown showing the number of Spitfire/Seafire aircraft remaining across the world in various states of repair. More detailed individual aircraft information can be found further down the page.

Country Airworthy Static Display Restoration / Stored Totals
Australia 2 4 25 31
Belgium 0 4 1 5
Brazil 0 1 0 1
Burma (Myanmar) 0 1 2 3
Canada 1 4 3 8
China 0 1 0 1
Czech Republic 0 1 0 1
Denmark 0 1 0 1
Egypt 0 1 0 1
France 1 1 1 3
Germany 3 1 0 4
Greece 0 1 0 1
India 0 2 2 4
Israel 1 2 0 3
Italy 0 1 0 1
Malta 0 2 0 2
The Netherlands 1 2 1 4
New Zealand 2 2 2 6
Norway 0 2 0 2
Poland 0 1 0 1
Portugal 0 1 0 1
Serbia 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 1 2
Sweden 1 1 1 3
Thailand 0 1 2 3
United Kingdom 28 16 65 109
United States 13 10 9 32
Zimbabwe 0 1 0 1
. 53 67 115 235

Date of latest update = 30th August 2014 [ANTMANAT]
Disclaimer:- The information on this page is from sources within the public domain, any changes which do not fall into this category (i.e. rumour or commercially confidential) are not recorded

Australia[edit]

MV239 at Point Cook, Victoria (2008)
Airworthy
Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIa P7973. This Spitfire was flown by several Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) squadrons in 1941. Assigned to No. 452 Sqn (RAAF) (RAF Kenley and RAF Hornchurch) Flown by Australian pilot "Bluey" Truscott on "Circus 68", a bomber escort mission into France on 9 August 1941. This was the mission in which famous legless RAF pilot Douglas Bader was shot down and became a P.O.W. Aircraft has not been repainted since WW2 however bears the markings of the Central Gunnery School. (Coded R-H) flying 24 operations. In July 1945 it was shipped to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for display. One of the few Spitfires still in its original paint, it has been displayed in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra since 1950; it has not been repainted since the Second World War.[7]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop BS231 / A58-92. Partial airframe on display at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop EE853 / A58-146. Displayed at The South Australian Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide, South Australia. This aircraft was manufactured in 1942 by Westlands in the UK. It was shipped to Australia and became part of RAAF 79 Squadron at Milne Bay. On 28 August 1943 it crashed on Kiriwina Island and was transported back to Goodenough Island. In 1971 Langdon Badger found the aircraft and in 1973 he had it shipped to Adelaide. After four years of restoration at Parafield Airport, Langdon displayed the Spitfire at his Adelaide home. In August 2001 the aircraft was put on display in the Museum.[8] She wears the markings of 79 Sqn RAAF, coded UP-O.
PK481 on display at Bull Creek WA
  • Spitfire F Mk.22 PK481. Displayed at The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, Bull Creek, WA.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop BR545 / A58-51. Owned by the Royal Australian Air Force Museum and in storage at Point Cook, Victoria.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop BS164 / A58-63 (VH-CIP). In storage in Melbourne area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop BS199 / A58-81. In storage in Melbourne area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop BS219 / A58-84 (VH-BZR). In storage.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop BS234 / A58-95 (VH-DQU). In storage.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop MA353 / A58-232 (VH-CIQ). In storage in Melbourne area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop MA395 / A58-241. In storage in South Australia.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop MH588 / A58-252. Under restoration in Geelong area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc JG267 / A58-377. Wreckage recovered by the Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory for the Darwin Aviation Museum.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc JG355 / A58-359. In storage in Melbourne area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc JG432 / A58-399. In storage in New South Wales.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc JG484 / A58-408. In storage in South Australia.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc JG659 / A58-483. In storage at Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra QLD.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc LV750 / A58-471. In storage in New South Wales.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc MD228 / A58-445. In storage in Melbourne area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc MD338 / A58-467. (VH-ZPS). Under restoration in New South Wales.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.VIIIc MT514 / A58-522. Under restoration in the Melbourne area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.VIIIc MT635 / A58-543. Under restoration in the Melbourne area, Victoria.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc MT682 / A58-529. In storage in South Australia.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.VIIIc MV321 / A58-642. Under restoration in the Ningi area, Queensland.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 BS548. Project owned by Ross Pay, Scone, Australia.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IX MH603 (VH-IXF). Owned by Ross Pay (son of Col Pay) and located at Scone, NSW. Ex. South African AF.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXb MJ789. Owned by the Royal Australian Air Force Museum and in storage at Point Cook, Victoria.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIVe RM797 (VH-XIV). Owned by Peter Bond and under restoration in Brisbane area, QLD. Ex. Thai AF as U14-16/93.
  • Seafire F Mk.XV SW800 (VH-CIH). In storage in Melbourne area, Victoria.

Belgium[edit]


MV246 / SG-55 exhibited in The Royal Military Museum in Brussels
Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb BL423. Significant wreckage owned by the Belgian Aviation History Association on display at the Broken Wings Museum, Erembodegem.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MJ783 / SM-15. Displayed at the Brussels Army Museum, Brussels. She wears the spurious markings of MJ360 / GE-B, a Spitfire from RAF No.349 (Belgian) Sqn.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIVe MV246 / SG-55. Displayed at the Brussels Army Museum, Brussels. She wears her Belgian Air Force markings as SG-55 / GE-R.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe RM921 / SG-57. Displayed at the Spitfire Museum, situated within the Florennes Air Force Base. Although on military property, it is open to the public. It is the centrepiece of the museum and wears RL-D codes. This aircraft was preserved as a gate guard after its service life, c.1956. After some 30 years, it was removed and restored to be displayed in the museum.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TD135. Stored in the Brasschat area.

Brazil[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe MA793. Built at Castle Bromwich and delivered to 6 MU RAF on 21 July 1943. She was shipped to the Mediterranean on 5 August 1943 and operated by the Mediterranean Allied Air Force until transferred to the USAAF on 31 October 1943. She returned to the RAF in May 1944 and was stored with 39 MU in the UK until sold to the South African AF on 30 September 1948, serialled 5601. The aircraft was donated to the museum by Rolls-Royce and wears colours and markings of RAF ace Johnnie Johnson with codes JE-J.[9] She was delivered in airworthy condition to "Museu Asas de um Sonho" (Wings of a Dream Museum), located in São Carlos, Brazil. She has only made one flight during her time in Brazil when she flew at a museum ceremony around 2001, since then she has been on static display within the museum.

Burma (Myanmar)[edit]

Static Display
  • Seafire F Mk.XV PR422 / UB415. On external display within Meiktila Air Force Base and not accessible to public.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe TE513 / UB421. In storage. Previously displayed in the Defence Services Museum, Yangon (Rangoon). RAF serial number only revealed in 2012 as TE513 following extensive research in Israeli Air Force archives, with whom she served prior to being sold to the Burmese Air Force.
  • Seafire F Mk.XV PR376 / UB409. In storage. Previously displayed in the Defence Services Museum, Yangon (Rangoon).
Spitfire Mk.XIVs buried in Burma

In 2012 a great deal of media attention was focused on rumours that the RAF had buried a number of Mk.XIV Spitfires in Burma, still unassembled in their crates, during August 1945. However, no documentary or other evidence that the RAF ever buried the Spitfires has been uncovered, and some dismissed the whole story as implausible, including military archaeologist Andy Brockman[10]

In April 2012 the UK government announced they were working with the post-junta Burmese government to locate and potentially return a total of 20 aircraft to flying condition, and on 16 October of that year the Burmese government signed an agreement with David Cundall, a British farmer and aviation enthusiast leading the search along with Htoo Htoo Zaw, his Burmese business partner, allowing them to begin excavations.[11]

Leeds University experts and an academic from Rangoon using sophisticated radar techniques claimed to have discovered one site of the buried aircraft at what is now Rangoon International airport. In addition to the 20 aircraft thought to be at this site, other sites with buried Spitfires were claimed, one with as many as 36 Spitfires.[12][13]

In January 2013, following investigations at one site at Yangon International Airport and another at Myitkyina, archaeologists led by Brockman concluded that there were no aircraft buried at the sites.[14] Despite this, David Cundall continued his search.[15] However, on 16 February of the same year, it was reported that Cundall had admitted defeat with his sponsors, Wargaming Ltd, saying they no longer believed any Spitfires were ever buried and that any aircraft in the area had been re-exported in 1946. The search was called off.[16] On February 19, despite the withdrawal of the major sponsor, David Cundall said that he remains confident and the search will continue.[17]

Canada[edit]


NH188
Airworthy
Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIb P8332. Battle of Britain veteran, on display at the Canadian War Museum. She wears the codes ZD-L of 222 Sqn she wore when serving with the Squadron in 1941. Presentation aircraft "SOEBANG N.E.I.”, funded by the Netherlands East Indies.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc NH188. Served with the Royal Netherlands Air Force as H-109 (later H-64) from 1947 to 1952 and with the Belgian Air Force as SM-39 from 1952 to 1954. Privately owned, it was flown in Belgium as OO-ARC and was later imported to Canada where it flew as CF-NUS. After being donated on 7 June 1964, it is now on display in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Rockcliffe, Ontario as NH188 / AU-H.[19]
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE214. Built in 1945, this Spitfire never saw combat. It is part of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum collection but is on long term loan to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope, Ontario.
  • Seafire F Mk.XVc PR451. On static display at the Naval Museum of Alberta, Calgary. http://www.navalmuseum.ab.ca/ She wears the Royal Canadian Navy markings PR451 / VG / AA-N.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe TE294. Undergoing restoration to flight at Comox, Vancouver Island, for Vintage Wings of Canada.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIVe RM747[20] In storage at Vintage Wings of Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. RM747 served with No.322 (Dutch) Sqdn, No.350 (Belgian) Sqdn, No.451 (Australian) Sqdn, before serving with the Royal Thai Air Force as serial number Kh.14-5/93. During the 1980s it was part of a playground at Sawankalok, Thailand.[21] (Previously identified as RM873, an ex RCAF machine with service in 401 Sqn which also went on to serve in the Royal Thai Air Force)
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe TZ138 (C-GVZB). Stored at Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia.

China[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE330. Displayed at the China Aviation Museum, Datangshan. Acquired in 2008 from New Zealand where she underwent restoration to static display condition by the Subritzky family of North Shore and sold to China via auction.[22] Wears the markings TE330 / HT-B.

Czech Republic[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe TE565. National Technical Museum, Prague (Národní Technické Muzeum, Praha). She wears the authentic markings of TE565 / NN-N from 310 (Czech) Sqn, which she wore during her wartime service with the Squadron.

Denmark[edit]


MA298 on display at the Stauning Aircraft Museum
Static Display
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe MA298. After the German occupation, the Royal Danish Air Force acquired 38 HF Mk.IXe and 3 PR Mk.XI Spitfire aircraft. The Spitfires were phased out and replaced by jets between 1951 and 1955. All but two were scrapped. For a number of years, one was placed in a children's playground. The last survivor is exhibited at Danmarks Flymuseum, Stauning Airport.[23] She wears the authentic Royal Danish Air Force markings 41-401.

Egypt[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop BR491. On display at the El Alamein Military Museum, El Alamein. Missing rear fuselage and tail unit.

France[edit]


RR263 on display at Museum of Air and Space Paris, Le Bourget
Airworthy
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PS890 (F-AZJS). Built in 1945 under construction number 6S/585110. Operated by No 51 Squadron RAF in Singapore during 1951, later transferred to Thailand Air Force and flown until 1962. Donated by the King of Thailand to Ed Maloney and transported to Planes of Fame Air Museum in California. Rebuilt to static condition in 1968. Restored to airworthiness between 1994-2002 at Chino, California and fitted with a Griffon 58A driving contra-rotating propellers from an Avro Shackleton. Purchased by Christophe Jacquard on 30 April 2005 and flown with the contra-rotating propellor until May 2009 when the engine was changed.[citation needed]. She wears SEAC Theatre markings PS890 / UM-E with a Leaping Black Panther, masquerading as a Mk.XIV from 152 Sqn based in Burma during the mid to latter stages of World War II.
Static Display
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe RR263. On display at the Musée de l'Air, Le Bourget, Paris. She wears the spurious markings of TB597 / GW-B from 340 (Free French) Sqn, a machine lost during the war.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe TP367. In storage, Normandy. Ex.Indian Air Force machine, with the individual code HS669.

Germany[edit]

Airworthy
  • Spitfire HF Mk.VIIIc MV154 (D-FEUR). Owned by Max Alpha Aviation and operated from Bremgarten. Wears spurious markings MT928 / ZX-M from 145 Sqn when based in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) during the mid to latter stages of World War II.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 MJ772 (D-FMKN). Owned by Hangar 10 and operated from Zirchow. Wears the authentic markings MJ772 / NL-R from 341 (Alsace) Sqn, which she wore during her service with the Squadron.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE184 (G-MXVI). Operated from both the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent and Germany. She wears the colours and markings ZF-U from 308 (Polish) Squadron to replicate the mount of Jerzy Glowczewski (aged 92), a veteran who had flown a similarly marked and coded Spitfire on 1 January 1945 when he claimed a FW190 over Ghent. The Air Picnic at the Polish Air Museum in Krakow on Saturday 28th June 2014 was attended by both TE184 in these special markings and also Jerzy Glowczewski, allowing him to be reunited with a machine in 'his' markings. TE184 was brought to Poland for this occasion by Jacek Mainka, the first Pole ever to fly a Spitfire into and in Poland. Jacek's late grandfather, Ryszard Kwiatkowski, was a mechanic with 303 and 308 Squadrons during the war and saw Glowczewski off in ZF-U for that mission. Prior to the markings mentioned above TE184 had been recently repainted to replicate the mount of Flt Lt Otto Smik who was 'B' Flight Commander, 312 (Czech) Squadron. She briefly wore the codes DU-N to represent HF Mk.IX ML296, which was his personal aircraft in the latter stages of 1944.
Static Display
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MV370. On display at the Luftfahrtmuseum, Hannover. Ex-Indian Air Force instructional airframe (marked T.44), wears the codes MV370 / EB-Q to represent a machine from No. 41 Squadron RAF.[24]

Greece[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MJ755. Built at the Castle Bromwich factory and delivered to No. 43 Squadron RAF in August 1944, which at the time was covering operations in Southern France. In 1947 it was transferred to the Royal Hellenic Air Force and later retired to The Hellenic Air Force Museum.[25]

India[edit]


HS986/SM986 on display at Palam
Static Display
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc - MV459. On display within Ambala Air Force Base and not accessible to public.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XVIIIe - SM986. On display at the Indian Air Force Museum, Palam, New Delhi.[26] Indian Air Force serial HS986.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc - NH631. Part of the Indian Air Force Historic Flight based at Palam Air Force Base, New Delhi. Stored pending restoration to airworthy condition.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - TZ219. In use at the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, Punjab as an instructional airframe. Indian Air Force serial HS683.

Israel[edit]


TE554, The Black Spitfire
Airworthy
EN145 on display
Static Display

Italy[edit]

MK805, operated by the Italian Air Force in the very last stages of WWII
Static Display

Malta[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.IXe EN199. On display at the Malta Aviation Museum, Ta Qali [www.maltaviationmuseum.com], Malta. First flown at Eastleigh on 28 November 1942. The aircraft was restored by Ray Polidano, the Museum's Director, in 1992. The aircraft is named 'Mary Rose' in honour of Ray Polidano's wife and carries the code R-B in memory of the highest-ranking officer who flew in her - Wing Commander Ronald Berry D.F.C.[30]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc BR108. The remains are on display at the Malta War Museum in Fort St Elmo, Valletta after being recovered from the sea in Marsalforn Bay, Gozo in 1974. The aircraft had been found by RAF diver Kevin Patience in 1968 after weeks of searching the seabed and identified by his brother Colin researching the Air Ministry archives. Built in March 1942 it was flown to Malta and shot down on 8 July flown by Flt Lt Lester Sanders, who survived but was killed flying from Castle Bromwich in October of that year.

The Netherlands[edit]


TP263 on display at Overloon
Airworthy
  • Spitfire LF Mk IXc MK732 (PH-OUQ). Operated by The Historic Flight of the Royal Dutch Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht) and based at Gilze-Rijen. Built in 1943, she saw action during D-Day. Following restoration to flight she initially carried the scheme she wore when serving with 485 (RNZAF) Sqn as OU-U / BABY BEA V. Following this she wore the Dutch Air Force (Klu) markings H-25, but now wears an all-over silver scheme 3W-17 / MK732 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.[31]
Static Display
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MJ874 Substantial remains owned by the Dutch Aircraft Examination Group, on display at the DAEG Museum, Deelen.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe TP263, Displayed at the National War & Resistance Museum. Ex-Indian Air Force HS649, rebuilt to represent a Mk.XIVc. Wears the spurious serial NH649, with the codes 3W-F of No.322 (Dutch) Squadron.[32]
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MJ143. Previously displayed at the Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg. Displayed as H-1, Royal Netherlands Air Force.[33] Currently in storage pending move to new museum.

New Zealand[edit]

Airworthy
  • Spitfire Tr.9 MH367 (ZK-WDQ). Owned by noted aerobatic pilot Doug Brooker and arrived in New Zealand on 11 September 2008. She wears RAF desert colours with the markings of FL-A, a Mk IX flown by the New Zealand Squadron Leader Colin Gray, C/O of 81 Squadron when based in Tunisia in mid-1943.[34] On 15 January 2009, during a transit flight from Auckland, the Spitfire suffered a heavy forced landing on Hood Aerodrome, near Masterton. The propeller, undercarriage and some fuel lines were damaged but the aircraft was repaired.[35] A second landing accident at Ardmore Airport on 2 December 2009 resulted in damage to the undercarriage and propeller. It is believed that a sudden change in wind direction caused the aircraft to run off the end of the runway.[36] On 12 June 2011 the aircraft suffered yet another landing accident, this time tipping onto its nose after landing at Ardmore, damaging the propeller[37] The aircraft has since been restored to airworthy condition.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc PV270 (ZK-SPI). Owned by businessman Brendon Deere and restored to an airworthy condition over five years at Feilding, New Zealand, she flew again on 18 March 2009.[38] The aircraft is based in a purpose-built hangar at RNZAF Base Ohakea along with Brendon Deere's North American Harvard.[39] PV270 Served with the RAF during WW2, then subsequently with the Aeronautica Militaire (Italy), Heyl HaAvir (Israel), and Tatmadaw Lei (Burma/Myanmar). It wears the markings of EN568 / AL, the personal aircraft of Deere's uncle Air Commodore Alan "Al" Deere when based at Biggin Hill in 1944.
Static Display
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE288. Taken on charge by the RAF on 1 June 1945, the aircraft served with 61 OTU, 501 RAuxAF Squadron (coded RAB-D), and 102 and 103 Fighter Refresher Schools, until placed into storage in 1951. Also used as a prop in the movie "Reach for the Sky", it then spent time as a gate guard at RAF Rufforth, Church Fenton and finally Dishforth, before it was sold in 1963 to Canterbury Brevet Club, Christchurch, New Zealand. For many years it was mounted on a pole near the entrance to Christchurch International Airport. In 1984 she was donated to the RNZAF Museum, and was restored by RNZAF staff at RNZAF Woodbourne. It is displayed at Wigram, without serial number, as 'OU-V' of 485 Squadron.[40] Several fibreglass copies of this aircraft were made during its restoration and are on public display around New Zealand and Australia.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE456. Taken on charge by the RAF on 8 August 1945, the aircraft initially went into storage at 6 MU at Brize Norton. It was issued to 501 RAuxAF Squadron at Filton in March 1946 (coded RAB-J), and then to 612 RAuxAF Squadron at Dyce in May 1949 (coded '8W-?'). In August 1955 it was used in the movie Reach for the Sky. It has been on static display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand, since 1956 when New Zealander Sir Keith Park, commander of No 11 Fighter Group, arranged for it to be donated.[41] During the mid-1990s the aircraft was restored by Aircraft Component Engineering to its original 501 Sqn colours.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe NH799 (ZK-XIV). Was previously restored to fly by Historic Flying Limited at Audley End (UK) and flew on 21 January 1994 (as G-BUZU and markings of 'AP-V'). It was then based with the Alpine Fighter Collection at Wanaka until it crashed on take-off on 2 January 1996 which seriously injured pilot/owner Sir Tim Wallis. The aircraft was sold to the Chariots of Fire Fighter Collection at Omaka in 2010, and is undergoing restoration to fly by AvSpecs Limited at Ardmore Airport, Auckland.[42]
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TB252 (N752TB). Stored pending further restoration with AvSpecs Limited, Ardmore Airport, Auckland, for owner Tony Banta.

Norway[edit]

Static Display

Poland[edit]

Static Display

Portugal[edit]

ML255 on display in the Museu do Ar
Static Display
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXc ML255. Delivered to the South African Air Force in 1948. After being damaged in a collision at AFB Ysterplaat, she ended up derelict in Snake Valley, Pretoria until it was recovered and restored to static display for the SAAF Museum. It was later transferred to the Museu do Ar, at Sintra in Portugal.[45] She wears the Portuguese Air Force markings ML255 / MR+Z.

Serbia[edit]


Spitfire Mk VC Trop in Belgrade Aviation Museum
Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop JK808, ser.no. 17-545,[46]

On display at Belgrade Museum of Aviation . Aircraft appears in 352 (Yugoslav) Squadron RAF in March 1945. It flew in 11 missions over former Yugoslavia. Transferred to 1st Fighter Aviation Regiment of Yugoslav Air Force, May 1945, then to Mostar Air Base HQ (today in Bosnia and Herzegovina) in August 1945. In 1949, received YAF serial 9489. Briefly in 112th Fighter Aviation Regiment as a training aircraft, then stored at Mostar. Between 1947 and 1952 in 103rd Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment. Suffered belly landings in February 1949 (left wheel tire fell off on take-off) and February 1950 (engine malfunction). All remaining Spitfires were retired on August 18, 1952.

While others were scrapped or turned into instructional airframes, 9489 (ex JK808) was handed over to Military Museum in Belgrade. It was put on static display first at Kalemegdan (Belgrade fortress) as a part of outdoor Museum exhibition. There it received new coat of paint and an incorrect YAF number 9486. After that it was displayed at Belgrade International Airport, as a part of Belgrade Museum of Aviation exhibition, in a purely fictional paint scheme and markings.[47]

This caused confusion about aircraft true identity. Spitfire with YAF number 9486 was ex-RAF MH592, which ended as instructional airframe at Rajlovac Air Force Technical Training Center,[47] but it is still claimed by some sources (not related to the Museum) to be the aircraft displayed in Belgrade.

Aircraft 9489 (JK808) was thoroughly restored during 1973 by Tehnička direkcija JAT ( JAT Tehnika ) at Belgrade International Airport. After detailed investigation and several paint schemes applied (JK448 code name "W" notably) the true identity of this aircraft was confirmed, based on serial numbers found and achieve material as JK808, airframe s/n 17-545, built at Castle Bromwich.[46] An article about restoration and the search for true identity was published in [48] (published in Serbian Cyrillic).

Aircraft on display contains several non-original parts: engine from another aircraft, Soviet-made camera, landing gear parts, re-manufactured instrument panel, standard RAF instruments and other parts from YAF or JAT stocks.[47]

South Africa[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire HF Mk.VIIIc JF294. South African National Museum of Military History, Johannesburg.[49] SAAF serial 5501.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)

Sweden[edit]


RW386 at an air show in Sweden in 2011
Airworthy
  • Spitfire LF Mk XVIe RW386 (SE-BIR). Owned by Biltema and based at Angelholm, Sweden. She wears the markings RW386 / NG-D from 604 (County Of Middlesex) with which she flew.
Static Display
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PM627. Marked as F11-51, and issued with Swedish AF serial 31051 to denote it as the 51st Spitfire on Swedish Air Force charge. During the 1950s the Swedish Air Force had fifty Spitfire PR Mk.XIX aircraft, coded 31001 to 31050 but none were retained for museum use. Therefore when she was acquired by the Flygvapenmuseum, Linköping in the early 1980s a new serial in the series was issued to 'PM627'. She is now fully restored and on permanent display in the museum. She is a former Indian Air Force machine, with the individual code HS694.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire PR Mk.IV BP923. Under restoration to airworthy condition in the Sollentuna area.

Thailand[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe SM914. Royal Thai Air Force serial KH14-1/93. On display at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Bangkok, Thailand[51] She wears Royal Thai Air Force markings with an overall Silver scheme.
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PM630. Stored
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PS836. Stored

United Kingdom[edit]


MH434 in the markings of 222 Squadron., Duxford, 2005.
Airworthy
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia N3200 (G-CFGJ). Owned by the Mark One Partnership LLC, and based at Duxford Airfield. First post-restoration flight took place on 26 March 2014 at Duxford. Ex 19 Sqn machine, she sports the QV squadron codes she wore when she was shot down on 26 May 1940 in support of the Operation DYNAMO evacuation of Dunkirk with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Stevenson, 19 Sqn OC, at the controls.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia P9374 (G-MKIA). Owned by the Mark One Partnership LLC, and based at Duxford Airfield. Restored to airworthy condition and made its first post-restoration flight at Duxford on 9 September 2011.[52] She wears the exact colours she wore flying with 92 Sqn from RAF Hornchurch when shot down on 24 May 1940, P9374 / -J, and she landed on the beach at Calais, France.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia X4650 (G-CGUK). Based at Duxford Airfield, previously at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent. Wears the authentic markings X4650 / KL-A from 54 Squadron, which she wore when with the Squadron in 1940.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia AR213 (G-AIST). Acquired by Group Captain Allen H. Wheeler on 25 October 1946. In 1968 it flew in the film Battle of Britain. In April 1989 it was acquired by Sheringham Aviation.[53] In 2002 it underwent another restoration, repainted with 57 OTU colours, and coded "JZ-E".[54] She underwent a repaint in early 2013 and emerged as 'P7308 / XR-D' of 71 'Eagle' Sqn.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIa P7350. Operated by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. She is the only surviving Spitfire from the Battle of Britain still flying and is believed to be the 14th aircraft of the 11,989 built at Castle Bromwich. The aircraft entered service in August 1940 and during the battle served with 266 and 603 Squadrons.[55]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb BM597 (G-MKVB). Owned by the Historic Aircraft Collection and based at Duxford. Wears the markings BM597 / JH-C from 317 (Polish) "Wileński" Squadron, which she wore when she flew with the Squadron.
EP120 displaying at Duxford
  • Spitfire LF Mk.Vb EP120 (G-LFVB). owned by The Fighter Collection and based at Duxford. Wears the markings EP120 / AE-A from 402 (RCAF) Squadron, which she wore when she flew with the Squadron.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXb MH434 (G-ASJV). Owned and operated by The Old Flying Machine Company and based at Duxford. Built at Castle Bromwich, MH434 shot down an Fw 190 in 1943 while serving on 222 Squadron. From the 1980s she was usually flown by Ray Hanna, ex-Red Arrows leader and display pilot up until his death in late 2005.[56] 'MH434' has featured at European air shows and has been in many other TV and films including Operation Crossbow, The Longest day, Battle of Britain and Foyle's War .[56] Wears her authentic markings MH434 / ZD-B from 222 Squadron service.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 MJ627 (G-BMSB). Previously owned and operated by Maurice & Peter Bayliss from RAF Waddington, she now owned by R.V. Aviation and is currently at Duxford Airfield. Wears the markings MJ627 / 9G-P from 441 [RCAF] Squadron, which she wore when she flew with the Squadron.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe MK356. Operated by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Built at Castle Bromwich and delivered to RAF Digby in 1944.[57] Currently wears the markings MK356 / 5J-K complete with D-Day stripes to represent ML214 / 5J-K flown by Squadron Leader Johnny Plagis of 126 Squadron in June 1944
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MK912 (G-BRRA). Built in 1944, this Spitfire flew for the RAF both during and after the Second World War for a number of different air forces, until being damaged in 1953. Passing through various collections, it was restored between 1992 and 2000, flying again for the first time on 8 September 2000. Previously owned and flown by Ed Russell in Niagara Falls, Ontario, MK912 was sold in 2011 to Peter Monk and based at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent.[58] Wears the authentic markings MK912 / SH-L.
ML407 "The Grace Spitfire", Duxford 2001. An ex 485(NZ) Squadron Spitfire LF Mk IX which operated over the beach-head on D-Day.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 ML407 (G-LFIX). Owned by Carolyn Grace and based at RAF Bentwaters in Suffolk, it was converted into a two-seat trainer for the Irish Air Corps in the 1950s.[59] She wears the colours she wore when serving with 485 (New Zealand) Squadron, as ML407 / OU-V.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 PT462 (G-CTIX). Owned by the Dragon Flight and based on a private strip in Abergele, North Wales. She wears the markings PT462 / SW-A.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 PV202 (G-CCCA). Owned by Historic Flying Ltd and based at Duxford. She was previously wearing the markings PV202 / QV-I of a Mk.I Spitfire from No. 19 Squadron RAF which was based at Duxford, but now wears the markings PV202 / 5R-H to replicate the codes she wore when on No. 33 Squadron RAF strength during 1944.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe RR232 (G-BRSF). Owned by Martin Phillips and based at Colerne, Wiltshire.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 SM520 (G-ILDA). Restored to airworthy condition and purchased at auction by to Steve Brooks, the first person to fly pole-to-pole by helicopter in 2005.[60] Based at Goodwood, she wears the markings 'SM520 / KJ-I'.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe TA805 (G-PMNF). Flies from the former RAF station at Biggin Hill. After the war it was used by the South African Air Force, recovered from a scrap yard, and returned to England in the early 1990s. It wears 234 Squadron markings TA805 / FX-M[61] and is based at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe TD314 (G-CGYJ). Restored to airworthy condition by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar and made its first post-restoration flight at Biggin Hill in December 2013. She wears the colours of 234 Sqn as TD314 / FX-P.
PL965 taxying out for a display
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XI PL965 (G-MKXI). Operated by the Hangar 11 Collection at North Weald. The aircraft conducted over forty operational sorties with 16 Squadron 1944-45.[62] She sports an overall PRU blue scheme with the markings PL965 / -R.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MV293 (G-SPIT). Owned by The Fighter Collection at Duxford and wears spurious markings MV268 / JE-J, flown by Wing Commander Johnnie Johnson OC 127 Wing, Germany May 1945. Flew again on 11th August 2014 following refurbishment.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe RW382 (G-PBIX). Restored to airworthy condition by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar and made its first post-restoration flight at Biggin Hill in September 2013. She wears the markings of 322 (Dutch) Squadron as RW382 / 3W-P.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TD248 (G-OXVI). Owned by Spitfire Ltd and operated from both Duxford and Humberside. She wears the markings TD248 / CR-S.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE311. Operated by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Flew again following restoration on 19 October 2012. She wears the markings TE311 / 4D-V from 74 (Tiger) Squadron to represent TB675, the aircraft of Squadron Leader Tony Reeves DFC, who was the Commanding Officer of No 74 Squadron in 1945
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe SM845 (G-BUOS). Imported from Sweden in 2012 following a fatal incident on 15 April 2010, she flew once again at Duxford on 17 December 2013. Owned by Spitfire Ltd and operated from both Duxford and Humberside. She wears the markings of Post-War (July 1950) 28 Squadron based in Hong Kong of overall silver with a red spinner and coded SM845 / -R.[63]
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PM631. Operated by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Built as a high altitude reconnaissance aircraft in November 1945.[64] She currently wears the colours of a PR XIX from No 541 Squadron which performed photographic reconnaissance missions over the Europe from early 1944 to the end of the war.[65]
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PS853 (G-RRGN). Owned and operated by Rolls-Royce plc. PS853 was one of 79 Mk XIXs built at Supermarine, Southampton. On 13 January 1945, it was delivered to the Central Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at RAF Benson before being transferred, less than two months later, to the 2nd TAF's 34 Wing and 16 Squadron RAF at Melbroek, and later Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. With the code "C" it flew some nine operations against Germany V-weapons sites. In September 1945, PS853 was transferred to 268 Squadron RAF and with the end of the war returned to the UK and 29 MU at High Ercall. On 14 July 1957, PS853 was one of the founding aircraft of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Flight (now Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) at RAF Biggin Hill. The aircraft was acquired by Rolls-Royce plc in the mid-1990s.
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PS915. Operated by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Entered service too late for the war, joining 541 Squadron at RAF Benson in June 1945.[66][67] She currently wears the colour scheme and markings of PS888, a PRXIX of 81 Squadron based at Seletar in Singapore during the Malaya Campaign. This aircraft conducted the last ever operational sortie by an RAF Spitfire when, on 1 April 1954, it flew a photographic mission over an area of jungle in Johore thought to contain hideouts for Communist guerrillas. For the occasion the aircraft’s ground crew painted the inscription ‘The Last!’ on the left engine cowling[68]
  • Seafire F Mk.XVII SX336 (G-KASX). Owned by Kennet Aviation and flew once again on 3rd July 2014 following refurbishment back to airworthy condition at North Weald, Essex.
Static Display
Mk.I P9444 on display in the Science Museum, London
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia K9942. On display at the Royal Air Force Museum, RAF Cosford wearing 72 (Basutoland) Squadron markings[69] as K9942 / SD-D. The markings replicate the ones she wore whilst serving with 'A Flight', 72 Squadron in 1939.[70]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia P9444. On display at the Science Museum London wearing 72 (Basutoland) Squadron markings[71] as P9444 / RN-D with whom she served in 1940[72]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia R6915. On display at the Imperial War Museum, London.[71] This aircraft flew during the Battle of Britain with 609 Squadron. Among the pilots who flew it were aces Noel Agazarian, who had two victories in this aircraft, and John Dundas, who scored one.[73]
  • Spitfire Mk.Ia X4590. On display as part the Battle of Britain Experience at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, in 609 Squadron markings[74] as X4590 / PR-F. These are the markings she wore when serving with 'A Flight' 609 Squadron from RAF Middle Wallop, October 1940. She is credited with ½ share of Ju-88 whilst being flown by Pilot P/O S. J. Hill on 21 October 1940.[75]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb BL614. On display at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, in 222 (Natal) Squadron markings[74] as BL614 / ZD-F. Markings to replicate the colours she wore whilst serving with 222 Squadron during 1943.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb BL655. Owned by the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group. This incomplete airframe was recovered from a crash site around 1990 and is on static display at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirby.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc ML427. On display at Thinktank, Birmingham[76] She wears the markings ML427 / HK-A.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MT847. Has recently moved from the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester,[77] and is now to be found on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon. She wears the markings MT847 / AX-H.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe RW388. Located at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. It was formally presented to the City of Stoke-on-Trent in 1972 and was built by the contractor Vickers Armstrong, in Castle Bromwich. It is fitted with a Merlin 266 (Packard) engine.[78] Marked as RW388 / U4-U.
Spitfire F.21 LA198 with the animals at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TB752. On display at the Hurricane and Spitfire Memorial Museum at the former RAF Manston in authentic Canadian 403 (Wolf) Squadron markings[79] as TB752 / KH-Z.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE462. On display at the National Museum of Flight, Scotland.[80]
  • Spitfire F Mk.21 LA198. Built in September 1944 at South Marston. Assigned to No 1 Sqn (RAF Manston). On 12 May 1947, allocated to 602 Sqn (City of Glasgow) Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Used in the Battle of Britain film. Aircraft is on display since July 2006 at the reopening of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow.[81] She wears the markings LA198 / RAI-G to replicate the colours she wore during her 602 Squadron service.
  • Spitfire F Mk.24 PK683. On display at Solent Sky in Southampton.[82]
  • Spitfire F Mk.24 PK724. On display at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon.[83]
  • Spitfire F Mk.24 VN485. A former Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force aircraft on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford[84] she wears an all-over Silver scheme with a Red/White spinner.
  • Seafire F Mk.XVII SX137. On display at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.[85]
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia P9372. Under restoration to fly with the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent. [86]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia P9373 (G-CFGN). Owned by the Mark One Partnership LLC and in storage at Duxford.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia X4276 (G-CDGU). In storage in Kent.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIa P7540. Was under slow restoration at the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries, now under restoration in Yorkshire.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIa P7816. Remains in storage at the RAF Reserve Collection, Stafford.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIa P7819 (G-TCHZ). Project owned by Martin Phillips and in storage in the Exeter area.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIa P8088 (G-CGRM). Substantial cockpit section under restoration in Oxfordshire.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IIb P8208 (G-RRFF). Project stored in Oxfordshire.
  • Spitfire PR Mk.IV BP926 (G-PRIV). Project in storage.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.Vb AB910. Operated by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Built at Castle Bromwich in 1941 and has a front line operational career spanning almost four years.[87] Under refurbishment at Duxford.
  • Spitfire F Mk.V AD189 (G-CHVJ). Project in storage in Oxfordshire.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb AD540. Under restoration in Buckinghamshire.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.Vc AR501 (G-AWII). Normally maintained in airworthy condition with the Shuttleworth Collection but is currently undergoing major refurbishment, 'AR501' was built by Westland Aircraft at Yeovil and flown by No. 310 (Czech) Squadron at RAF Duxford as AR501 / NN-A in 1942, where she escorted USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator bombers. Joined the Shuttleworth Collection in 1961, she featured in the 1969 film The Battle of Britain.[88]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb BL688. Under restoration in Buckinghamshire.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.Vb BM539 (G-SSVB). Project in storage in East Sussex.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc EE602 (G-IBSY). Under restoration at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent. http://www.friendsofmabel.co.uk/
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop EF545 (G-CDGY). Project in storage in East Sussex.
  • Spitfire Mk.V EP122. Under restoration at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc Trop LZ844. Stored at Kemble, Gloucestershire.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIII JF872 (G-RAAF). Project stored in Lancashire.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc JG668 (G-CFGA). Under restoration in Pembrokeshire.
  • Spitfire Tr.8 MT818 (G-AIDN). Owned by the G2 Trust and under refurbishment at Wycombe Air Park (Booker).
  • Spitfire F Mk.IX BR601 (N601FF). Owned by the Collings Foundation in the USA and under restoration at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent. Previously in storage with AvSpecs Limited, Ardmore Airport, New Zealand. Project is slated for completion in December 2016.[89]
  • Spitfire Tr.9 BS410 (G-TCHI). Owned by Martin Phillips and under restoration at Sandown, Isle of Wight.
  • Spitfire Mk.IX EN179 (G-TCHO). Project owned by Martin Phillips and in storage in the Exeter area.
  • Spitfire F Mk.IXc LZ842 (G-CGZU). Under restoration to flight at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent. She wears the markings LZ842 / EF-F. Ex South African Air Force machine.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe MA764 (G-MCDB). Under restoration in Pembrokeshire.
MJ271 on static display at an airshow, Duxford
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MJ271. Owned by Historic Flying and in storage at Duxford.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe ML119 (G-SDNI). Owned by the G2 Trust and in storage in Buckinghamshire. Ex. Burmese AF as UB441, and ex. Israeli AF as 20-20.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXb ML295. Project stored in Kent.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc NH238 (G-MKIX). Owned by Flying A Services and rumoured to be in storage at Greenham Common.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 NH341 (G-CICK). Under rebuild to airworthy condition with ARCo at Duxford. To be restored as a 2-seat Tr.9.[90]
  • Spitfire F Mk.IX PT879 (G-BYDE). Owned by the Hangar 11 Collection. Arrived at North Weald, Essex on 17th June 2014, where her restoration to flying condition continues. Previously located at Sandown, Isle of Wight.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe RK858 (G-CGJE). Owned by Historic Flying and in storage at Duxford.
  • Spitfire HF Mk.IXe RK912. In storage at Duxford.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe SM639. In storage in the Surrey area.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe TE517 (G-JGCA). Owned by the G2 Trust and in storage at Biggin Hill, Kent. Ex. Israeli AF as 20-46.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe TE566. In storage at Kemble, Gloucestershire.
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XI PL983 (G-PRXI). Owned by Propshop Ltd and under restoration at Duxford.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XII EN224 (G-FXII). Under restoration to airworthy condition at RAF Bentwaters in Suffolk. Previously stated that would be complete by June 2012.[91]
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIVe RM689 (G-ALGT). Owned by the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust and in storage in Derby.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIV RM694 (G-DBKL). Owned by the G2 Trust and in storage in Buckinghamshire.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe RM927 (G-JNMA). Owned by the G2 Trust and in storage on the Isle of Wight. Ex. Belgian AF as SG-25.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIV RN203. Project stored at Duxford.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe RW393. Owned by the RAF Museum and in storage at RAF Stafford.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe SL611. Remains in storage in Staffordshire.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe SL542 (N2289J). Imported from Quebec, Canada. Under restoration to airworthy condition.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe SL674. Owned by the RAF Museum and in storage at RAF Stafford.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TB382. In storage on the Isle of Wight.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TB885. Project stored in Kent.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe TP298 (N41702). In storage on the Isle of Wight.
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XIX PM651. Owned by the RAF Museum and in storage at RAF Stafford. She recently returned from a brief tour of Kuwait following an agreement between the RAF and the Kuwait House of National Works. Following her arrival in early 2013 the Spitfire has appeared in one of Kuwait’s most popular shopping centres during the Liberation Day Holidays and subsequently supported the British Embassy’s Queen’s Birthday Party in June along with an appearance at the Dubai Airshow.
  • Spitfire F Mk.21 LA226. Owned by the RAF Museum and in storage at RAF Stafford.
  • Spitfire F Mk.21 LA255. Owned by the No.1 Squadron Association. This airframe was refurbished at RAF Coningsby by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in Summer 2012 before joining the newly formed No.1 Squadron at RAF Leuchars. She wears the markings LA255 / JX-U which are No. 1 Squadron RAF codes.
  • Spitfire F Mk.22 PK519 (G-SPXX). Project stored in Buckinghamshire.
  • Spitfire F Mk.22 PK624. Owned by The Fighter Collection and stored in Hangar 2 at Duxford.
  • Spitfire F Mk.22 PK664. In storage at North Weald, Essex.
  • Seafire LF Mk.IIc MB293 (G-CFGI). Owned by the Mark One Partnership LLC and in storage at Duxford.
  • Seafire LF Mk.IIIc PP972 (G-BUAR). Owned by Flying A Services. Under restoration in Suffolk.
  • Seafire L Mk.IIIc RX168 (G-BWEM). Owned by the Mark One Partnership LLC and in storage at Duxford.
  • Seafire F Mk.XV PR432. Project stored in Warwickshire.
  • Seafire F Mk.XV SR462 (N462XV). In storage in Essex pending restoration to flight.
  • Seafire F Mk.XVII SX300 (G-RIPH). Owned by Seafire Displays Ltd and under restoration at North Weald, Essex.
  • Seafire F Mk.46 LA546 (G-CFZJ). Stored in Essex.
  • Seafire F Mk.46 LA564 (G-FRSX). Owned by Seafire Displays Ltd and under restoration at North Weald, Essex.

United States[edit]


MA863 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Airworthy
  • Spitfire LF Mk.Vc AR614 (N614VC). Originally purchased by Lynn Garrison from the British Ministry of Defence, in 1963, for inclusion in his Air Museum of Canada collection, she is now owned by the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Washington. She wears the markings AR614 / DU-Z of 312 Squadron, to replicate the colours she wore when serving with the Squadron.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb BL628 (N628BL). Owned by Lewis Air Legends and based at Encinal, Texas. She wears the markings BL628 / YO-D of 410 (RCAF) Squadron at RAF Gravesend, which she wore during 1942 as the personal aircraft of G. B. "Scotty" Murray. BL628 had the name Marion painted on the fuselage just forward of the cockpit after the pilot's girlfriend, and this detail has been faithfully replicated.[92]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc JG891 (N5TF). Owned and operated by Comanche Fighters, Texas. JG891 wears the colours and markings of Robert 'Bob' Stanford Tuck's personally coded Mk.V RS-T (Believed to be BL336), when he was OC Biggin Hill Wing in late 1941 / early 1942.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe MJ730 (N730MJ). Owned by Jerry Yagen and based at the Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, Virginia. In April 1944 'MJ730' was assigned to No. 417 Squadron RCAF, then operating in Italy. She flew 95 missions as escort for American bombers over northern Italy. In June 1946, she was transferred to the Italian Air Force. In 1947, 'MJ730' was used in the film Thunderbolt!, directed by William Wyler. In 1951 it was sold to the Israeli Air Force, and after service ended up in an Israeli playground. In the 1970s, a collector transported her back to Britain for restoration. FedEx founder Fred Smith bought her in 1986.[93][94][95] She wears the markings 'MJ730 / GZ-?'
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MK959 (N959RT). Owned by Tom Duffy and based at Millville, New Jersey. She wears the colours and markings MK959 / 5A-K of 329 (Free French) Squadron.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc ML417 (N2TF). Owned and operated by Comanche Fighters, Texas. She wears the colours and markings ML417 / 21-T to replicate the scheme she wore during her wartime service with 443 (Hornet) Squadron, and includes the Squadron Hornet motif on the port engine cowling. ML417 was one of the first Allied aircraft to land in France after D-Day.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe PL344 (N644TB). Owned by Tom Blair and based in Easton, Maryland. She wears the spurious personal markings PL344 / TL-B in a nod to her owner.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXe SL633 (N633VS). Owned by John Sessions with the Historic Flight Foundation and based at Paine Field, Washington. An historic machine that has served with the Royal Air Force, the Czechoslovakian Air Force, the fledgling Israeli Air Force, and finally the Burmese Air Force. She wears the stunning markings of the Czechoslovakian Air Force as SL633 / JT-10 of the 4th Air Regiment.[96]
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe NH749 (N749DP). Owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force, based at Camarillo airport, Southern California. Built in late 1944 'NH749' was shipped to India in July 1945 to serve with the RAF's South East Asia Command (SEAC) squadrons. Rendered surplus to requirements by the Japanese surrender in August 1945 'NH749' was placed in storage and sold to the Indian Air Force in late 1947. In 1978 she was rediscovered and transported to England by the Hayden-Bailey brothers. After restoration to flying condition 'NH749' was sold to Keith Wickenden with the civil registration G-MXIV. 'NH749' was later sold to David Price's Museum of Flying in the United States and was operated from 1985 to 2005 when it was once again sold, this time to the CAF.[97] She wears a SEAC colourscheme with the markings NH749 / -L.
SM969 on static display at an airshow, Duxford UK
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIVe RN201 (N201TB). Owned by Tom Blair and based at Easton, Maryland. Ex. Belgian AF as 'SG-31'. She wears the stunning markings of a 41 Squadron Mk.21 that was entered into the 1947 Blackpool Air Races, with overall Silver accompanied by Red cheatlines down the sides of the fuselage as well as out to the wingtips, and finished off with a Red spinner.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XIVc SM832 (NX54SF). Owned and operated by Comanche Fighters, Texas. She wears the colours and markings of James 'Ginger' Lacey's personal Mk.XIV YB-A (serial RN135), when he was OC 17 Squadron RAF in Japan after the War.
  • Spitfire F Mk.XVIIIe SM969 (N969SM). Owned by Jim Beasley and based at Coatsville, Pennsylvania. She wears the stunning markings of a 28 Squadron machine with the codes SM969 / -S, along with Korean War recognition stripes.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe TP280 (N280TP). Owned by Rudy Frasca and flown from Frasca Field in Urbana, Illinois.[98] She wears the markings of a 60 Squadron machine during the ‘Malayan emergency’ in 1950 with the distinctive yellow and black stripes and coded TP280 / -Z.
BL370 on display at the National World War II Museum, New Orleans
Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.Ia P9306 . On display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She is a Battle of Britain veteran that flew with No. 74 Squadron RAF.[99]
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vb BL370. On display at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. A presentation aircraft "Gurgaon II Punjab", she wears the markings BL370 / SH-J of 64 Squadron RAF. Note - the wings are replicas and not original, hence the lack of radiator.
  • Spitfire F Mk.Vc MA863. On display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio.[100] She wears representative Operation Torch markings as MA863 / HL-B, 31st Fighter Group, 308th Fighter Squadron. Ex Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A58-246, she served with 54 Squadron (RAF) in early 1944 as the personal mount of Sqn Ldr E M Gibbs wearing the codes DL-A. Later served with 452 Squadron (RAAF) coded QY-F.[101]
  • Spitfire F Mk.VIIc EN474. The sole surviving example of this mark of Spitfire. On display in the World War II gallery at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C..
  • Spitfire LF Mk.VIIIc MT719 (N719MT). On display at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Dallas-Addison Airport, Texas. This aircraft served with No. 17 Squadron (RAF) in both India and Burma during 1944/1945. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Air Force at the end of 1947 and served as an instructional airframe.[102] Today she wears the markings and codes worn during her 17 Squadron service as MT719 / YB-J.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MK923 (N521R). On display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington following acquisition in 2000.[103] This Spitfire was formerly owned by the late actor Cliff Robertson. From 1972 until 1994, it was flown by Jerry Billing, a Canadian Second World War Spitfire pilot, until he retired from flying Spitfires at age 75.[103] Billing set a record for most Spitfire experience while flying this Spitfire (5212 years).[103] During Robertson's ownership and Billing's pilot tenure with MK923, the aircraft was mainly based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She wears the markings and codes she wore when serving with No. 126 Squadron at RAF Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire in mid to late 1944 as MK923 / 5J-Z.
  • Spitfire PR Mk.XI PA908. On display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio.[104] She wears an overall PR Blue colour scheme with spurious markings to represent MB950 of the 7th Photo Reconnaissance Group, based at Mount Farm in Oxfordshire in 1944.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe NH904 (N114BP). On display at the Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California. Ex Belgian Air Force as SG-108, initially coded B2-K then later IQ-V. She wears spurious marking to represent a Mk.24 Spitfire from No. 80 Squadron RAF based in Hong Kong between 1948-1952, and coded NH904 / W2-P.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe SL574. On display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego, California. She wears the spurious markings and codes SL574 / MD-T to represent a Spitfire from No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron RAF.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE356 (N356TE). On display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon. She wears the markings TE356 / D-DE (Port) & DD-E (Starboard)
EN474 on display at the Smithsonian, Washington DC
Restoration / Stored (Not on Public Display)
  • Spitfire LF Mk.IXc MH415 (N415MH). In storage at Big Spring, Texas. She wears her No. 222 (Natal) Squadron RAF colours and markings MH415 / ZD-E to reflect her service with the Squadron during 1943.
  • Spitfire Tr.9 TE308 (N308WK). Owned by Bill Greenwood and under refurbishment at Fort Collins, Texas. Ex Irish Air Corps as IAC-163. Appeared in the movie Battle of Britain and also used for aerial filming where a camera was placed in the front cockpit allowing 'through the windscreen' shots to be captured, many of which appear in the feature. She wears the spurious markings TE308 / RJ-M as a nod to the designer of the Spitfire, R.J.Mitchell.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MV262 (N808U). Owned by Kermit Weeks and in storage at Polk City, Florida.
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE384 (N384TE). In storage, San Martin area of California. She wears the spurious markings TE384 / X-VI (Port) & VI-X (Starboard).
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE392 (N97RW). Owned by the Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) in Galveston, Texas and currently in storage following damage sustained during Hurricane Ike.[105][106] She spent time serving as a gate guard at a number of RAF airfields, including RAF Kemble and RAF Hereford, between 1952 and 1984. Originally built as a low-back airframe with a 'bubble' canopy, she made her way into civilian ownership and was restored into high-back configuration and flew once again in Florida on Christmas Eve (24 December) 1999. She wears the markings and colours TE392 / ZX-Z to represent the personal mount of Sqn Ldr Lance C. Wade No. 145 Squadron RAF, a Texan who flew with the RAF from 1940 to 1944 and went on to become an Ace.[107]
  • Spitfire LF Mk.XVIe TE476 (N476TE). Owned by Kermit Weeks and under refurbishment at his Fantasy of Flight facility, Polk City, Florida.[108] She wears the markings and colours TE476 / GE-D to represent 'TB900' the personal mount of Sqn Ldr Lallemand OC, 349 (Belgian) Squadron RAF in 1945-1946. The original aircraft, 'TB900', was a presentation Spitfire named "Winston Churchill" and the name is faithfully replicated on Port side of the fuselge just below the cockpit along with the tally of aircraft kills and tank victories.
  • Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe TP276. Owned by Frasca Air Museum and in storage, Urbana, Illinois. Ex Indian Air Force as HS653.
  • Seafire F Mk.XV PR503 (N503PR). Owned by Wes Stricker and based at Columbia, Missouri. Potentially airworthy but not flown for some time. She wears the codes PR503 / -K to replicate the markings she wore whilst serving with 803 Squadron Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the late 1940s.
  • Seafire FR Mk.47 VP441 (N47SF). The final variant of the Spitfire family. Owned by Jim Smith and based at his private facility in Montana following restoration by Ezell Aviation.[109] Potentially airworthy but not flown for some time. She wears the codes VP441 / O-139 to replicate the markings she wore whilst serving with 804 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) of the Royal Navy as part of the 14th Carrier Air Group on board the aircraft carrier HMS Ocean in 1948.

Zimbabwe[edit]

Static Display
  • Spitfire F Mk.22 PK355. On display at the Gweru Military Museum, Gweru, Zimbabwe. Ex Southern Rhodesian AF as SR.65, then Royal Rhodesian AF as RRAF65.

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