TRANSATLANTIC SPITFIRE

GORDON RILEY DETAILS THE CAREER OF SPITFIRE IX BR601 – WHILE JOHN DIBBS CAPTURES IT IN ACTION

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Polish Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Stefania Wojtulanis straps into BR601 at Prestwick, July 9, 1942. VIA WOJTEK MATUSIAK

In recent years, news of the maiden flight of a Spitfire following restoration has become commonplace, thanks to the vision and determination of owners and the skills of dedicated engineers.

All these resurrected fighters have a story to tell and the latest Spitfire to emerge from Peter Monk’s Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar – Mk.IX BR601 – is no exception. It served with many units, flown by military personnel from Australia, Britain, New Zealand, Norway, Poland and South Africa, and in its time has been resident in the UK, South Africa, the USA and New Zealand.

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