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  Spitfire HF.VIII Serial Number A58-528  
RAAF
452 Squadron (CRC)

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Jim Donohue 1945

Pilot  ?
Crashed  May 3, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Supermarine. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number MT675. Disassembled and shipped aboard SS Lanarkshire arriving in Australia on July 27, 1944.

Wartime History
On July 27, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Spitfire A58-528. On July 29, 1944 reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On September 11, 1944 assigned to 14 ARD reseve aircraft pool then to 14 ARD for fuel tank and coolant pipe repairs.

On December 26, 1944 assigned to 452 Squadron. Coded "CRC" rear of the roundel with a white spinner and black fuselage band. This aircraft was used by 80 Wing Commander as reserve aircraft.

Mission History
In March 1945, Group Captain Caldwell led a detachment of five Spitfires (including this aircraft and Spitfire A58-603). Also, Mosquito A52-505 and Mosquito A52-526 to Clark Field for comparative performance trials with captured Japanese fighters and bombers, although no trials appear to have taken place.

On or around May 3, 1945, this Spitfire crash landed at Clark Field. On May 29, 1945 assigned 9 RSU and converted to components July 12, 1945.

References
RAAF Aircraft Status Card - Spitfire A58-528
ADF Serials - Spitfire A58-528
Thanks to Daniel Leahey for additional information

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January 5, 2018

 

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