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  Spitfire  Mark IIA Serial Number P7973  
RAF
452 Squadron

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Daniel Leahy
December 29, 2012

Aircraft History
Built by Supermarine at the Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, England. Ordered as part of contract B981687/39 on April 12, 1938. First flown in January 1941.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number P7973.

This Spitfire was based in England and was flown by several Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots including Keith "Bluey" Truscott, Robert Bungey and Raymond Thorold-Smith.

During March 1945 disassembled and shipped from Liverpool aboard SS Fort Adelaide to Melbourne arriving on July 17, 1945. This Spitfire was sent to Australia as a gift of the British Government. Transfered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and placed into storage at RAAF Fairburn unti the end of the war.

Postwar
This Spitfire remained in storage until November 15, 1949 when transfered to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) for public display.

Display
This Spitfire is displayed at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) since March 1950. Today, displayed in the Second World War Hall. Painted in the markings of Spitfire P7973 code R-H that was flown by Australian pilots.

References
Warbird Resource Group - Spitfire/P7973

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January 9, 2018

 

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