Norwegian Spitfire to fly

March 2019 News

A colour artwork of Spitfire IX PL258, with the Norwegian national colours represented by a band on the propeller spinner.
VIA EIRIK ØSTENSJØ

Following a long search for a Spitfire with Norwegian wartime history, the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation has purchased the remains of Spitfire IX PL258 for restoration to fly. They were recently sourced in the Netherlands, following a search by Norwegian journalist and aviation historian Cato Guhnfeldt and warbird pilot Lars Ness, the chairman of the foundation. On 29 December 1944, PL258 was belly-landed in a field near the village of Tubbergen in the eastern Netherlands while being flown by Fenrik (Ensign) Carl Jacob Stousland, in service with No 331 (Norwegian) Squadron.

The fighter has been registered G-NSFS, and the rebuild will be managed by the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford. Once airworthy, PL258 will be transferred to the Norwegian register, and operated in Norway to tell the story of the Norwegian fighter pilots and groundcrews based in the UK and on the continent.