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  Spitfire  Mark Vc Serial Number A58-213 Code UP-X
USAAF
79 Squadron

Former assignments
1 AP
1 AD
13 ARD

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RAAF October 1943

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RAAF January 31, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Supermarine. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number LZ844. Disassembled and loaded aboard SS Kent and shipped overseas to Australia arriving on July 8, 1943.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) serial number A58-213. Assembled by 1 AP on July 13, 1943. Next to 1 AD on July 21, 1943 and 13 ARD on August 2, 1943. Assigned to 79 Squadron on September 12, 1943. Coded UP-X. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On December 12, 1943 took off from Kiriwina Airfield piloted by F/Sgt D. A. Gringlington, 408842. Due to a hydraulic failure, the flaps failed to operate. On landing, the brakes did not operate and this aircraft caused into a truck and came to rest in a coral pit, injuring the pilot.

On December 16, 1943 assigned to 26 RSU and deemed not economical for repair on January 12, 1944. Afterwards, assigned to 12 RSU on January 30, 1944 and approved for conversion to components on March 14, 1944 and officially written off.

Wreckage
This aircraft remained in situ where it was abandoned at Kiriwina Airfield. Salvaged during 1977 and shipped to Australia.

Restoration
Some pieces from this aircraft were used in the restoration of a composite Spitfire Mk. V / Mark VIII serial number R6915 code UP-R restored to static condition.

Display
During 2003, displayed at the Avalon Airshow and acquired by Aviation Australia as training aid. Next, loaned to Queensland Air Museum. Displayed in the markings of Spitfire LZ844 code UP-X. On May 11, 2011 sold and exported to the United Kingdom.

References
ADF Serials - Spitfire A58-213

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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