Converted to Tr.9 Merlin 266 G-CICK Aero Legends, Maidstone; based at Headcorn
History of Spitfire NH341
8 MU (280444); to Miles Aircraft Ltd. for modification on 170544 To 411 (Grizzly Bear) Squadron, RCAF, in 0644; coded 'DB-E' (...) Shot down around 06.30 hrs in the early morning of 020744 Southeast of Caen, W/O James 'Jimmy' S. Jeffrey bailed out successfully. He managed to evade capture and returned to his unit in the following month. Jeffrey was shot down by a Fw 190 flown by Fhr Waldemar Busch of II./JG 26. Remains recovered from crash site in 1996 by Jean-Pierre Benamou. On loan to Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie, Bayeux, France (...) and placed on display along with wreckage of Spitfire ML295. Noted on temporary display at the Juno Beach Museum at Courseulles-sur-Mer in 0603. Returned to owner Benamou and placed in store in 2010. Sold to Keith Perkins in 2011. To Keith Perkins/Aero Legends for restoration, with Airframe Assemblies (main spars, longerons and fuselage frame) and conversion to Tr.9 by ARCo/HFL at Duxford (2014); Registered G-CICK on 040614. NH341 arrived at Duxford in 0614. Work completed in early 2017, with first post-restoration flight made on 110317 by John Romain from Duxford.
NH341 has been completed in the markings as flown by her first operational pilot, F/L A.B. (Bruce) Whiteford, with 411 Squadron on 120644. On the port cowling is the name 'Elisabeth' and her nickname 'Eo' on the starboard side.