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  Spitfire  Mark Vc Serial Number A58-149 Code UP-O
RAAF
79 Squadron

Aircraft History
Built by Supermarine. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number EF545. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
During May 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Spitfire A58-149. On May 20, 1943 reassembled by 1 AP. On June 7, 1943 assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On June 26, 1943 assigned to 13 ARD. On September 17, 1943 assigned to 79 Squadron. Coded "UP-O".

On September 17, while being delivered to 79 Squadron, suffered a landing accident causing it to stand on its nose while taxing. The next day assigned to 15 ARD for repairs and returned to the squadron the same day.

On November 12, 1943 took off piloted by pilot F/Lt L Wettenhall, 400109 and damaged during a wheels-up landing that damaged the belly and propellers while landing at Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island. Wettenhall survived the landing unhurt.

On December 15, 1943 this Spitfire suffered another ground accident while doing a test run when wiring short circuited and caused a fire in the fuselage. On December 21, 1943 assigned to 26 Repair Salvage Unit (26 RSU). Approved for write off on January 4, 1944 at Vivigani Airfield.

Wreckage
During 1974, this aircraft was salvaged during Yesterdays Air Force (YAF) and exported to Australia and later New Zelaand where some restoration took place. Parts from this aircraft were used in the restoration of Spitfire A58-178.

References
ADF Serials - Spitfire A58-149
Platnum Fighter Sales - Supermarine Spitfire Vc EF545 / G-CDGY offered for sale "£2,500,00 completed and flying or £450,000 As Is"

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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