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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb - MH434/ZD-B
 

Spitfire MH434 was built Castle Bromwich in August 1943 and was air tested by the famous record-breaking pilot Alex Henshaw. She was deliverd to 222 Sqn (Squadron ) on August 19 the same year.

She was flown in combat by South African pilot Flight Lieutenant Henry Lardner-Burke who scored seven and a half kills and three damaged with his Spitfire. On August 27, in the St. Omar area over France, Lardner-Burke shot down a Focke Wulf FW190 and damaged a second during a mission to escort USAAF B-17 bombers. On September 5, 1943 Lardner-Burke shot down another FW190 in the Nieuport area, and on the 8 September 1943 claimed a half share in the downing of a Messerschmitt Bf-109G in Northern France. She transferred to 350 (Belgian) Sqn at Hornchurch in 1944 then returning again to 222 Sqn, 84 Group Support Unit and 349 (Belgian) Sqn. After 79 operational sorties MH434 was retired in March 1945. Stored at 9 MU in 1945, moved to 76 MU for disposal in 1946.

She was consequently sold to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1947 and joined 322 Sqn in Java becoming H-105 and in 1948 reserialled to H-68. After a belly landing on May 7, 1949, went into storage and returned to the Netherlands where, after repairs had been made, she was flying again March 10, 1953.

After being disposed of with the RNLAF she was passed to the Belgian Air Force as SM-41 on October 9, 1953. There she served with the Advanced Pilot School at Koksijde and 13 Wing at Brustem. She served with COGEA 1956-63 as OO-ARA before she was acquired by Tim Davies and moved to Stansted in the United Kingdom as G-ASJV.

She moved to Elstree for a full overhaul and after this was finished she took part in her first movie role; "Operation Crossbow". In November 1967 MH434 joined Spitfire Productions Ltd. set up by Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie for the film “Battle of Britain”. After the film was finished she was again for sale and this time bought by Sir Adrian Swire, Chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways, in 1968. He had the Spitfire painted in 1944 camouflage colour scheme with his initials AC-S, as squadron codes. There were several film and television appearances during this period, including “A Bridge Too Far”.

Sir Adrian Swire sold it at an auction in April 1983 and her new owner was the Nalfire Aviation Ltd consortium headed by Ray Hanna. She is now operated by Hanna's Old Flying Machine Company based at Duxford. It underwent a major rebuild in 1994-95.

The MH434 is operated in the authentic 222 Squadron livery including code ZD-B as oiloted by Flt. Lt. Henry Lardner-Burke.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb - G-ASJV - Old Flying Machine Company, The - United Kingdom
 

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb
G-ASJV - MH434/ZD-B

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