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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Ia to Mk. IXe

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Ia to Mk. IXe

The aim of this web page is to locate, identify and document Supermarine Spitfires preserved in the United Kingdom.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in the United Kingdom would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

Data current to 16 Feb 2020.

Supermarine Spitfires preserved in the United Kingdom by aircraft type, serial number, registration number and location.  (Part 1 of 3)

Supermarine Spitfire prototype (Serial No. K5054).  This full-scale replica was commissioned by the Spitfire Society and donated to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, Chichester.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. N3200), Reg. No. G-CFGJ, QV, 19 Squadron, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  Airworthy.   This Spitfire flew with No. 19 Squadron and carries the QV squadron codes it wore when it was shot down on 26 May 1940 in support of the Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk with Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stevenson, 19 Sqn OC, at the controls. 

 (Tim Felce Photos)

 (Tony Hisgett Photos)

 (Clemens Vasters Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. P9374), Reg. No. G-MKIA, I-J, 92 Squadron, Mark One Partnership LLC, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  Airworthy.  It is painted in the colours it wore while being flown with No. 92 Squadron, RAF Croydon when it was shot down on 24 May 1940, and it landed on the beach at Calais, France.  It was flown by Flying Officer Peter Cazenove, who survived the crash and was taken prisoner by the Germans.  He was held in Stalag Luft III, where he was involved in the Great Escape.

 (Tim Felce Photo)

 (Charlie Jackson Photo)

 (Tony Hisgett Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. X4650), Reg. No. G-CGUK, KL-A, 54 Squadron, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Airworthy.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

 (Tony Hisgett Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (Aldo Bidini Photos)

 (Tim Felce Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. AR213), Reg. No. G-AIST, JZ-E, 57 OTU, painted as (Serial No. P7308), XR-D, 71 Eagle Squadron, Sheringham Aviation, Wycombe, Bucks. Airworthy.

 (Clemens Vasters Photos)

 (Tony Hisgett Photos)

 (ozz13X Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. K9942), SD-D, 72 (Basutoland) Squadron, Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shropshire.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. P9444), RN-D, 72 (Basutoland) Squadron, Science Museum, South Kensington, London.

  (calflier001 Photo)

 (Harry Mitchell Photo)

 (Florestan Photo)

 (zzztriple200 Photo)

 (Les Chatfield Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. R6915), Imperial War Museum, South Lambeth, London.

 (Hugh Llewelyn Photos)

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. X4590), PR-F, 609 Squadron, Royal Air Force Museum Hendon, London.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. P9372), Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. P9373), Reg. No. G-CFGN, Mark One Partnership LLC, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ia (Serial No. X42762), Reg. No. G-CDGU, Kent.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Ic (Serial No. BR601), Reg. No. G-CIYF, Collings Foundation, being restored at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

 (Adrian Pingstone Photo)

 (Carlos Menendez Photo)

 (plambertuk Photo)

 (John5199 Photos)

 (SAC Neil Chapman Photo)

 (Carlos Menendez San Juan Photo)

 (Kogo Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IIa (Serial No. P7350), 266 and 603 Squadrons, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Airworthy.  Code QJ-G added to its port side, representing a fighter flown by Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum, DFC, 92 Squadron in 1940.  This aircraft has been repainted  to represent New Zealand-born Al Deere's No. 54 Squadron fighter, (Serial No. R6981), coded KL-B, "Kiwi III".  It is the only surviving Spitfire from the Battle of Britain still flying and is believed to be the 14th aircraft of the 11,989 built at Castle Bromwich.  The aircraft entered service in August 1940 and during the battle served with No. 266 Squadron and No. 603 Squadron.

 (Ewanph Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IIa (Serial No. P7540), static display, Czech crest, Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries, Scotland.  This aircraft crashed into Loch Doon in 1941 and was recovered by the museum in the 1980s.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IIa (Serial No. P7816), RAF Reserve Collection, Stafford.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IIa (Serial No. P7819), Martin Phillips, Exeter.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IIa (Serial No. P8088), Reg. No. G-CGRM, Oxfordshire.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IIa (Serial No. P8208), Reg. No. G-RRFF, Retro Track and Air Ltd, Dursley, Gloucestershire.

Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk. IV (Serial No. BP926), Reg. No. G-PRIV, project in storage.

 (IWM Photo, CH 2929)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb (Serial R6923), top view.  This Spitfire was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 near Dover on 21 June 1941. 

 (Anthony Noble Photo)

 (John5199 Photos)

 (Sgt Jack Pritchard Photos)

 (Tim Felce Photos)

 (plambertuk Photo)

 (Adrian Pingstone Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. AB910), RF-D, 303 (Polish) Squadron, previously SH-L, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.  Airworthy.  Built at Castle Bromwich in 1941, this Spitfire was flown on front line operations for almost four years.

 (tataquax Photo)

 (Photokora Photo)

 (Mark Harkin Photo)

 (Ad Meskens Photo)

 (Tony Hisgett Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (Kogo Photo)

 (John5199 Photo)

 

 (Tim Felce Photos)

 (Ronnie Macdonald Photo)

 (tataquax Photo)

 (Anthony Noble Photo)

 (Peter Bakema Photo)

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vb (Serial No. BM597), Reg. No. G-MKVB, JH-C, 317 Polish Squadron, Historic Aircraft Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Airworthy.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vc (Serial No. EE602), Reg. No. G-IBSY, DV-V, 129 (Mysore) Squadron, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. Airworthy.  Coded DV-V, No. 129 (Mysore) Squadron RAF, it wears the authentic inscription ÈCENTRAL RAILWAYS URUGUAYAN STAFF" to replicate the markings it wore as a presentation aircraft donated by the British Community in Uruguay.

 (Tim Felce Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. EP120), coded AE-A, No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, currently airworthy, Reg. No. G-LFVB, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. 

 (Tony Hisgett Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. EP120), coded AE-A, No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, currently airworthy, Reg. No. G-LFVB, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. 

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. EP120), coded AE-A, No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, currently airworthy, Reg. No. G-LFVB, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. 

 (Peter Bakema Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. EP120), coded AE-A, No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, currently airworthy, Reg. No. G-LFVB, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. 

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (Aldo Bidini Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. EP120), coded AE-A, No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, currently airworthy, Reg. No. G-LFVB, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  It is painted in the markings it carried when serving with No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, although it served with several different units during the Second World War.  Pilots flying EP120 destroyed seven Axis aircraft.

 (Aldo Bidini Photos)

 (Aurore Defferriare Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. EP120), coded AE-A, No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, currently airworthy, Reg. No. G-LFVB, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  Assigned to No. 501 Squadron in 1942, and then subsequently to No. 402 Squadron, RCAF.  Pilots of this aircraft destroyed seven German aircraft during its wartime career.  Post-war, it was an instructional airframe, then displayed as a Gate guardian.  It was acquired by the fighter collection in 1993 and restored to airworthiness.  It is currently painted in its No. 402 Squadron, RCAF, markings.

 (Les Chatfield Photo)

 (Roland Turner Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vb (Serial No. BL614), ZD-F, 222 (Natal) Squadron, Royal Air Force Museum Hendon, London.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vb (Serial No. BL655), incomplete airframe recovered from a crash site, Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirby, Lincolnshire.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. V (Serial No. AD189), Reg. No. G-CHVJ, project in storage, Oxfordshire.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vb (Serial No. AD540), being restored in Buckinghamshire.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

 (Paul Maritz Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vc (Serial No. AR501), A-NN, 310 (Czech) Squadron, Reg. No. G-AWII, The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire.  Undergoing major refurbishment, airworthy.  AR501 was built by Westland Aircraft at Yeovil, and flown by No. 310 (Czech) Squadron at RAF Duxford, coded NN-A, in 1942.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vb (Serial No. BL688), being restored in Buckinghamshire.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. Vb (Serial No. BM539), project in storage in East Sussex.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vc (Serial No. EF545), Reg. No. G-CDGY, Aero Vintage, St. Leonards, East Sussex.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vb (Serial No. EP122), c/n CBAF.2405, also painted as (Serial No. R9649), Reg. No. G-CISV, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill Airport, Westerham, Kent.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. Vc Trop (Serial No. LZ844), stored at Kemble, Gloucestershire.

Supermarine Spitfire LR Mk. Vc (Serial No. AR614).

The Form 78 for RAF (Serial No. AR614), included the following data: built at Westland Aircraft Limited, powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin 46 engine, 39 Maintenance Unit (MU), 24 Aug 1942, No. 312 (Czech) Squadron, Harrowbeer, damaged by flak, 11 Nov 1942, repaired on site (ros), Category C (CAC) damage on operations 14 May 1943, AST, No. 610 Squadron, 20 Nov 1943.  No. 130 Squadron, coded PJ-E, 30 Jan 1944, No. 222 Squadron, 16 Feb 1944, FAAC, 21 Feb 1944, repaired on site (ros), 530 Training Unit (TU), 2 Sep 1944, FAAC, 16 Sep 1944, ros, 5378M, 13 Jul 1945, later 6371 M and 7555 M. 

In July 1945, AR614 was allocated to RAF St Athan in South Wales, as an instructional airframe for maintenance personnel.   During the late 1940s and early 1950s it was on display at RAF Padgate in West Kirby and was eventually sold by the Ministry of Defence, in 1963, to the Air Museum in Calgary, Canada.  It was in open storage in a shipping crate at Calgary, 1964-1970.  Sold to Donald Campbell, Kapuskasing, Ontario, 1970-1992, Reg. No. C-FDUY, 1986.  Its intended long-term restoration to airworthy status was not completed.  Shipped to the Old Flying Machine Co., Duxford, UK, 1992.  

Ray G. Hanna/Old Flying Machine Co, Duxford, UK, March 19, 1993-1994, Reg. No. G-BUWA.  Alpine Fighter Collection, 
Audley End, Essex, UK, 1994-1998.
Rebuilt by Historic Flying, Audley End, UK, 1994-1996. First flight, 5 Oct 1996, coded
DU-Z.
Historic Flying Ltd, Audley End, UK, 25 June 1996-1998. Paul Allen, Flying Heritage Collection, WA, 1999-2000.
Flying Heritage Collection, Bellevue, WA, 10 Feb 2000-2001. Reg. No. N614VC. Flying Heritage Inc, Bellevue,
WA, 25 Apr 2001-2002.
Vulcan Warbirds Inc, Seattle, WA, 2004-2016. Currently in the UK, It is currently fitted with a Merlin 35
engine and Dowty Rotol propeller.  Hawker Restorations, UK.

 (DND Photo, PL 8515)

Supermarine Spitfire. F Mk. VIII (Serial No. JF336), coded AN-O, No. 417 Squadron, RCAF.  Harmonization of the guns.  The aircraft has to be jacked-up level to ensure the guns are lined-up correctly to test fire.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. VIII (Serial No. JF872), Reg. No. G-RAAF, stored in Lancashire.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. VIIIc (Serial No. JG668), Reg. No. G-CFGA, Welsh Spitfire Museum, Pembrokeshire Spitfire Aeroplane Company, Haverfordwest.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo, 1974)

Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk. VIII (Serial No. MT818), c/n 729058), G-M, previously Reg. No. N58JE, now UK Reg. No. G-AIDN, G2 Trust, Wycombe Air Park.  Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill Airport, Westerham, Kent.

 (Ray Hanna Photo)

 (John5199 Photo)

 (Kogo Photo)

 (Tony Hisgett Photos)

  (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (Tim Felce Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXb (Serial No. MH434), built at Castle Bromwich and first flown on 7 Aug 1943, later delivered to 222 Squadron at Hornchurch, Essex.  Reg. No. G-ASJV, previously SZ-G, "City of Warsaw", ZD-B, No. 222 Squadron.  A pilot of MH434 shot down a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in 1943.  Old Flying Machine Company, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Airworthy.  Duxford. 

 (Simon Boddy Photo)

 (SBP41Sqn Photo)

 (Sgt Pete George MA ABIPP/MOD Photo)

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

 (Tony Hisgett Photo)

 (Aldo Bidini Photo)

 (Carlos Menendez Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXe (Serial No. MK356), 5J-K, 126 Squadron, previously 21-V, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.  Airworthy.  This aircraft has recently been painted in a desert camouflage pattern to represent 92 Sqn (Serial No. EN152), QJ-3, flown over Tunisia April - May 1943.

 (James Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk. IXe (Serial No. RR232), "City of Exeter", Reg. No. G-BRSF, Martin Philips, Colerne, Wiltshire. Airworthy.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IX (Serial No. EN179), Reg. No. G-TCHO, Martin Phillips, Exeter.  This aircraft is being converted to a two-seat Tr.9 configuration at Vintage Aero Ltd., Pent Farm, Kent.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IX (Serial No. EN570), Reg. No. G-CISP, project in storage, Sandown, Isle of Wight.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc (Serial No. LZ842), Reg. No. G-CGZU, EF-F, ex 327 Squadron, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill Airport, Westerham, Kent.

Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk. IXe (Serial No. MA764), Reg. No. G-MCDB, 122 Squadron, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill Airport, Westerham, Kent.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc (Serial No. MJ271), Historic Flying Ltd, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.   Reg. No. G-IRTY.  Built in 1943 at Castle Bromwich, this Spitfire was flown on 51 combat missions.  Restored as "The Silver Spitfire", the first post-restoration flight took place in late June 2019 at Duxford.  Finished in polished aluminium, the owners, Boultbee Flight Academy,crossed 22 countries and four continents, and completed a circumnavigation of the earth in this aircraft on 5 Dec 2019.

 (bdburton Photo)

 (Matt Sergeant Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc (Serial No. MK912), L-SH, Reg. No. G-BRRA, damaged, being restored, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXe (Serial No. ML119), Reg. No. G-SDNI, G2 Trust, in storage, Buckinghamshire. Ex-Burmese Air Force UB441 and ex-Israeli Air Force 20-20.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXb (Serial No. ML295), project stored in Kent.

 (RonaldV-tm Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc (Serial No. NH238), H-60, NH238, G-LFMH, Reg. No. G-MKIX, Flying A Services, in storage at Greenham Common.

 (Sasha Taylor Photos)

 (Birmingham Museums Trust Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc (Serial No. ML427), HK-A, Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum.

 (tataquax Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IX (Serial No. PL344), coded TL-B (initials of the owner, Tom Blair), previously Reg. No. N644TB, G-IXCC.   Built in 1943, this aircraft will fly out of Northamptonshire with Air Leasing at Sywell.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. IX (Serial No. PT879), Reg. No. G-BYDE, Peter Teichman, Hangar 11 Collection, North Weald, Essex.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXe (Serial No. RK858), Reg. No. G-CGJE, Historic Flying Ltd, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk. IXe (Serial No. RK912), in storage at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXe (Serial No. SM639), in storage in the Surrey area.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXe (Serial No. TE517), Reg. No. G-JGCA, G2 Trust, in storage at Biggin Hill, Kent, Essex. Ex-Israeli Air Force 20-46.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photos)

 (Bob Adams Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXe (Serial No. TE566), in storage at Kemble, Gloucestershire.

 (Tim Felce Photo)

 (Carlos Menendez Photo)

(Tim Felce Photos)

 (Ronnie Macdonald Photo)

 (Peter Bakema Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk. IXe (Serial No. TA805), Reg. No. G-PMNF, FX-M, 234 Squadron, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent.  Airworthy.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk. IXe (Serial No. TD314), Reg. No. G-CGYJ, FX-P, 234 Squadron, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent. Airworthy.