Spitfire Season (7)
‘When Day is Done’
A portrait of the most elegant of aircraft to emerge from WW2 - a single Spitfire makes a late return as the last of the summer light outlines the dying cloud formations. The Spitfire combining combat effectiveness with quality of design has remained as one of the true icons of that period.
With a truly international history this particular aircraft was issued to 312 Czech Squadron in 1944 and served throughout the latter stages of WW2 in Europe. Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1946 and operated with them, in Java, until 1950. Then refurbished and delivered to the Royal Belgian Air Force in 1952 serving there until damaged and struck off charge in 1955. Relegated to ’gate guard’ duties, on a concrete plinth, at the Musee Royal de l’Armee, Brussels from 1955 to 1988 when rescued by the Historic Aircraft Collection in Jersey for restoration. Restoration completed at Duxford on Sept 2000 and then flown regularly at UK airshows. Sold on to the Russell Group, Ontario, Canada and now displayed at Canadian airshows. A truly international ‘voyage’!
A fine example of the MK IX and kept in superb condition by the Canadian group - this image taken at Niagara display and presented on a UK sunset background.
My thanks to all who commented on the previous post - Malta - glad that it managed to revive so many memories of relatives who ‘were there'. Been away from the desk for a few days and now trying to catch up.