#1447 Spitfire IIa

Spitfire IIa
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£10.00 €11.71 $12.48
43.8 cm x 29.2 cm
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Spitfire IIa
P7350 'QJ-G'; P7350 'QV-E'
19 Sqn; BBMF; 92 Sqn
RAF Coningsby
UK - Air Force
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1447 - P7350, Spitfire IIa, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Spitfire Mk IIa P7350 was the fourteenth of 11,939 Spitfires ordered and built at the Castle Bromwich 'Shadow' factory. The making of the movie 'Battle of Britain' saw Spitfire P7350 emerge from 20 years of dormancy when it was selected to fly in the film. After filming for the movie was complete, P7350 was allocated to the Battle of Britain Flight, being flown to the Flight's base at Coltishall by Squadron Leader Tim Mills on 5 November 1968. The only airworthy Spitfire from the Battle of Britain, a much admired survivor and precious artifact of British aviation history and of the RAF's wartime heritage. For the 2017 display season P7350 will be painted with new temporary code letters commemorating two of the surviving Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots, some of 'The Few': On the left-hand/port side, the code letters 'QJ-G' are those of Geoffrey Wellum's second 92 Squadron Spitfire. Geoffrey was one of the youngest pilots in the Battle of Britain, aged just 19 when he first went into combat in September 1940. He was officially credited with three enemy aircraft destroyed, four 'probables' and several damaged during the Battle. The code letters 'QV-E' worn on P7350's right-hand/starboard side commemorate the 19 Squadron Spitfire flown by Ken Wilkinson.