c/n CBAF.2461 Spitfire LF.Vb Merlin 35 G-MKVB Historic Aircraft Collection, St. Hellier, Jersey
HAC's BM597 in formatie met Spitfire Ltd LF.XIVe TD248.
History of Spitfire BM597
Built at Castle Bromwich Delivered to 37 MU on 260542; Allocated to 315 (Polish) Sq in 0542. Transferred to 317 (Polish) Sq coded 'JH-C' on .... Damaged (Cat. B) in landing accident on 130243; Under repair at DeHavillands (...). To Vickers-Armstrong for modifications (...) To 33 MU (...) To 39 MU (...) To 222 MU (...) To 58 OTU in 0445. Wfu in 1045 and relegated to ground instructional duties at RAF St. Athan; Maintenance serial 5718M allocated. On display at gate of RAF Hednesford (1952-1954). To RAF Bridgenorth (...) To RAF Church Fenton (...); RAF Church Fenton, gate, ‘PR-O’, 609 Sq.; Surveyed for use in Battle of Britain movie production in 1967; Used as 'pattern a/c' for the production of fibre glass models. Returned to RAF Church Fenton in 1969; As gate guard. To RAF Linton-on-Ouse as gate guard (1975-1979. Sold to T.Routsis/Historic Flying Ltd., Audley End. (5718M). stored at Braintree, before moving to new HFL facility at Audley End (310792). ‘JH-C’, 317 Sq. Aw 0598. Sold to Historic Aircraft Collection, Duxford in 1093; Reg. G-MKVB on ... Ff from Audley End on 200797. Noted at Duxford 170899. ‘AR352/RF-C’, Pearl Harbor film, 0900. As ‘BM593/JH-O’ on 230204 for “Foyle’s War” filming. Flown to Malta as part of 'Merlins over Malta' project in 0905; Painted in dark blue overall c/s coded 'U-2'. To Poland in 0610 to meet two of her WWII pilots S/L Franciszek Kornicki and F/L Jerzy Mencel.
Aw at Duxford as 'JH-C', 317 Sq; Last noted on 150718.