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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX - PL344/TL-B
 

The PL344 was buitl by Vickers-Armstrong at Castle Bromwich in early 1944. She was delivered to 8 Maintenance Unit on March 1st. After a short period of storage she was delivered to 602 Sqn (Squadron) on August, 24 1944. 

On April 19, 1945 she moved to her new owner; to 442 (Canadian) Sqn where she staid until April 19th 1945 before moving on to 401 (Canadian) Sqn. When the squadron disbanded PL344 found a new home with 130 Sqn at Kristiansand. Her last unit was 129 Sqn at Church Fenton in 1946.

The Spitfire was used at the  Anthony Fokker Technical School in the Netherlands for some years, when the hulk was bought by Charles Church in 1985. After an extensive period of restoration she flew for the first time at Micheldever on March 11, 1991 wearing her new registration G-IXCC.

After almost two years since her first flight at Micheldever she was sold to Weeks Air Museum, Miami Florida, USA in September 1992. But before she moved to the USA she went to PPS (Personal Plane Services) at Booker for further work.

After her period in the USA she arrives again in the UK in 2007; this time at the Duxford based Aircraft Restoration Company where work, including installation of additional fuel tanks and a repaint is completed. She made her first post-restoration flight at Duxford October 24, 2007.

Now painted in authentic original colour scheme using a photo of PL344 taken in Europe after D-Day. She incorporated the previous owner's (Tom Blair) initials as the code is 'TL-B' with registration N644TB.

PL344 actually never left Duxford and reverted to its previous registration of G-IXCC since January 15, 2008 and is operated by Spitfire Limited.

 

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX
G-IXCC - PL344/TL-B

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