Aerial Treasures

Potted histories of the aircraft currently flown by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc MK356.

Avro Lancaster B.I PA474

First flown in August 1945, Lancaster PA474 was earmarked for use in the Far East, but was instead converted for reconnaissance work and served with 82 Squadron at Benson, Oxfordshire, from 1948. It later took part in laminar flow wing trials before being allocated for display at Hendon. It instead went to Waddington, Lancashire, and underwent restoration before joining the then Battle of Britain Flight (soon to be re-named Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) in November 1973. Its starboard side currently represents an aircraft of 50 Squadron; the port side is painted as 460 Squadron’s Leader.

Douglas Dakota III ZA947

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