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  Supermarine Spitfire HF.VIII Serial Number A58-758 
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Daniel Leahy 2001

Aircraft History
Built by Supermarine as model HF.VIII. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number MV239. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
On June 26, 1945, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Spitfire serial number A58-758. This aircraft was immediately placed directly into storage. By May 1946 stored at RAAF Richmond until authorized for disposal.

Postwar
In September 1949, acquired by the Sydney Technical College. In 1961 acquired by A.J.R. "Titus" Oates of Sydney. In 1963 purchased dismantled by Sid Marshall of Bankstown and stored outdoors until 1972.

Between 1972–1982 loaned to Camden Museum of Aviation and restored to taxing condition painted in the original RAF serial number MV239.

Restoration
In 1975 acquired by Jack P. Davidson. In 1982 sold to Col Pay of Scone, NSW who began restoring the aircraft to airworthy condition. On December 18, 1985 registered in Australia as VH-HET. On December 29, 1985 this aircraft made its first flight as RAAF Spitfire A58-758.

Today
In 2000, purchased by David Lowy of Temora Aviation Museum. Repainted in the markings of RAAF Spitfire A58-602 Code RG-V with grey nurse (shark mouth) assigned to pilot Bobby Gibbes of 457 Squadron. This aircraft is one of two airworthy Spitfires in Australia.

References
ADF Serials - Spitfire A58-758
Temora Aviation Museum - Spitfire A58-758
Warbird Registry - Spitfire/MV239
Australian Civil Registry - Spitfire VH-HET

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May 14, 2018

 

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