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by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Zimbabwe

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Zimbabwe

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in Zimbabwe.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as 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 Zimbabwe would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at 

Data current to 15 Feb 2019.

Gweru Military Museum

de Havilland Tiger Moth (Serial No. SR26).

Douglas C-47A Dakota (Serial No. 3708).

North American Harvard Mk. IIA (Serial No. SR48).

 (Philip Evans Photo)

 (Bob Adams Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. 22 (Serial No. PK355).   On display at the Gweru Military Museum, Gweru, Zimbabwe since 1993.  PK355 was built at the Castle Bromwich factory, Birmingham and delivered to the Southern Rhodesian AF as (Serial No. SR.65) on 28 March 1951, it transferred to the Royal Rhodesian AF as RRAF65 in October 1954.  After its active service PK355 was initially displayed at the Bulawayo Museum from June 1955 to 1957, then went on to be displayed mounted on a plinth at Thornhill Air Base, Rhodesia between 1960 and 1981.  Displayed between 1981 and 1990 at New Sarum Air Base in the Zimbabwe Air Force Museum before transferring to its current location.

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. 22 (Serial No. PK350) was destroyed in a crash.  It was originally delivered to the Southern Rhodesian Air Force as (Serial No. SR64), on 28 March 1951.  Delivered to Royal Rhodesian AF as (Serial No. RRAF64), October 1954.  Withdrawn from use, 18 December 1954 . Displayed on pole at New Sarum Air Base, Rhodesia, from 1969 to 1977.  Acquired by Captain Jack Malloch, Air Trans Africa, Salisbury, Harare, Zimbabwe, 1977 . Rebuilt to airworthy condition at Salisbury, first flight 29 March 1980.  Painted as (Serial No. PK350), coded JM-M.  This aircraft ran into a severe hailstorm during an air-to-air photo shoot, crashed and was destroyed at Goromorzi, near Harare, Zimbabwe, killing the pilot on 26 March 1982.