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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XIV - MV268/JE-J
 

G-SPIT was built by Vickers-Armstrong, Keevil and delivered to 33 MU (Maintenance Unit)  February 27 1945 and stored. On August 20 the same year she went to 213 MU for packing and shipment to India. She arrived at Karachi October 14, where she received Indian Air Force serial 48 in December 1947. She was later coded T20 and went  to the Indian Air Force Technical College at Jalahalli.

What happened in the period between is unclear, but she was recovered from Bangalore by Doug Arnold in the early seventies. She found a new hom at Blackbushe, in England, to join his Warbirds of Great Britain collection. Restoration begun by Dick Melton, registration G-BGHB was not taken up and she became G-SPIT on March 2, 1979.

The Fighter Collection engineers took over the restoration when the aircraft changed ownership and was able to complete the work in 1992. Her first flight after restoration at Duxford on August 14, 1992.

MV293 was the first example of its mark to be flying in Europe at that time and was painted in the all silver colours of the post war RAF. In 2000, the aircraft was repainted in the colours of Johnnie Johnson, wearing code JE-J, his personal initials.  

Johnnie Johnson the highest scoring RAF fighter pilot to survive the war. He shot down 38 enemy aircraft in the skies over Western Europe between June 1941 and September 1944. This tally is remarkable on two counts. Johnson began his operational career after the end of the Battle of Britain, which provided such a rich harvest of combat victories for many of his peers as the Luftwaffe's air fleets attacked virtually day after day. Kills were much harder to obtain on the fighter sweeps over enemy territory which succeeded the battle, operations for which the Spitfire was much less suited than it had been to the role of air defence in the summer of 1940.

His wartime tally of 38 was exceeded only by that of the South African ace 'Pat' Pattle, who was credited with 41 kills in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean before being shot down and killed in April 1941.

Johnie Johnson passed away at the age of 85 on January 30, 2000.

 

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XIVe
G-SPIT - MV268/JE-J

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