Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IXe
|Model:||Spitfire LF Mk.IXe|
|Name:||Platinum Fighter Sales|
|Company:||Platinum Fighter Sales|
|Sale Type: Sell|
N644TB, 1943 Supermarine Spitfire IXe. S/N PL344. Price £2,500,000. Airframe:182 Hours Since Restoration. New wing spars All rivets replaced with aluminum rivets. Engine: Rolls Royce Merlin 266. 171 Hours Since Major Overhaul by Vintage V-12’s. Propeller:Dowty Rotol 4 Blade Propeller, 120 Hours Since Prop Overhaul. Military History: Spitfire PL344 was ordered from Vickers-Armstrongs at Castle Bromwich on 2 June 1943 and built as an L.F.IX powered by a Merlin 66 with e-type armament. The aircraft was delivered to No. 8 M.U. at Little Rissington on 1 July 1944 before being allocated to 602 Sqn, coded LO*P and based at Longues, France. It was damaged by enemy action on 12 August and subsequently repaired. Once repaired, PL344 was issued to 442 Sqn, RCAF on 28 September 1944, coded Y2*P and operated from various airfields as the squadron advanced through Western Europe. PL344 sustained further damage on 28 December 1944, however, she remained with the squadron until late March 1945. PL344 was then issued to 401 Sqn, RCAF on 19 April 1945, the squadron having just arrived at Wunsdorf. Here it became the personal mount of the squadron C.O., Sqn Ldr Bill Klersy DSO, DFC & Bar (RCAF) – one of the most successful and most highly-decorated Canadian fighter pilots of World War II. Already a 10 Victory Double-Ace, Klersy claimed an additional 6.5 kills (2 on the ground) and 1 probably destroyed, all whilst flying PL344. After the end of hostilities in Europe, 401 squadron disbanded on 3 July 1945 and PL344 was eventually transferred to 129 Sqn, before returning to Molesworth, UK on 9 November. On 2 May 1946, PL344 was transferred to Lubeck in Germany and damaged one final time in a wheels-up landing at Eindhoven on 6 May and finally written-off on 10 December 1946. The aircraft was obtained by the Institute of Technology at Delft, Holland during 1947 and stored in the college buildings for some years. The surviving components remained on display throughout the 1960‘s and 70‘s, until acquired by a private collector. References: Spitfire Survivors-Then and Now, Volume I by Riley, Arnold and Trant. Aces High by Shores and Williams. Other: This Spitfire IX was recovered from a Technical School in Holland in the early 1980’s and restored by Charles Church Spitfires Ltd. and registered in the UK as G-IXCC. Its first civilian flight was in March 2001. It was sold to Kermit Weeks and re-restored to original military configuration by Personal Plane Services. It was then sold to the current owner in 2001 who had the aircraft overhauled and repainted by A.R.C.O. in the UK during 2007/8, before shipping the Spitfire to the United States where it is now located. This aircraft is co-listed between Group 51 Aircraft Sales (407) 846-4400 and Platinum Fighter Sales (800) 210-1951. SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION UPON INSPECTION
|Condition:||Used - Excellent|
|Exterior:||Painted in RAF Camouflage Paint Scheme – 10/10|
|Interior:||Restored to Original WWII Military Configuration – 10/10|
|Engine:||Rolls Royce Merlin 266, 171 Hours Since Major Overhaul by Vintage V-12’s|
Garmin GNC 250XL Comm/GPS Becker Remote Head Transponder w/ Mode C
|Model:||Spitfire LF Mk.IXe|
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