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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - 3W-17
 

The only airworthty Spitfire currently in the Netherlands was built at Castle bromwich early 1942 from where she went to 39 MU (Maintenance Unit) on March 8. Her first unit to serve was 485 (RNZAF) Sqn where she arrived on April 25 the same year. In October 1944 she was with 1 CRU (Civilian Repair Unit) and went into storage with 39 MU January 1945 for disposal.

In June 1948 she was sold to the Royal Netherlands Air Force where she joined 322 Sqn as H-25 in the Dutch East Indies. After returning back to the Netherlands she was stored before being assigned to the Jacht Vlieg School. After a landing accident she went to Fokker for repairs in November 1949 after she went to 322 Sqn in April 1951 and being reserialled 3W-17. She retired in September 1953 and was relegated to decoy use in June 1954 until 14 (RAFG) Sqn acquired it as the 124 Wing Trophy at Oldenburg in Germany. She was airfreighted to the UK in 1969 and went to RAF Coltishall as spares for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in October 1974.

Her remains went back to 322 Sqn at Leeuwarden in March 1984 and got stored at Gilze-Rijen in November 1985, where she would stay to join the Dutch Spitfire Flight 1991 for complete restoration. Her final re-assembly took place in the UK as G-HVDM, and her first flight was made June 10, 1993. She was again delivered to the Dutch Spitfire Flight in July 1993.

On August 27, 1995 she had a landing accident with major damage on both her airframe and propeller. She was once again restored to flying condition but suffered another landing accident due to the gear not being locked at Volkel during a display on May 19, 1996. This caused minor damage to the airframe and engine but major damage to the propeller. Her engine got overhauled and a new airworthy certificate was obtained in 1997. Once again her propeller got damaged, this time possibly by an exploding tailwheel of DHC2 Beaver (G-BUVF) in July 1998.  She had a take-off accident (prop-strike) at RAF Manston during a display in March 1999, the damage was discovered by maintenance personnel upon arrival at Gilze-Rijen and the damaged prop blades changed with new ones.

In March 2000 she got painted in a overall silver color scheme as 3W-17 and fitted with clipped wings. G-HVDM transferred to the Dutch Civil Register as PH-OUQ in October 2000, with first flight as PH-OUQ on 26th June 2001.

In 2007 she was once again damaged in a landing accident when she made a ground loop at her home base Gilze-Rijen. Her current status is still in maintenance at Gilze-Rijen (August 01, 2009) 

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb - PH-OUQ - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands
 

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb
PH-OUQ - MK732/3W-17

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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb - PH-OUQ - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands  
 
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