Post by Dave Homewood on May 7, 2005 21:29:12 GMT 12
Of all the aircraft that were used in the New Zealand squadrons in Europe - name 75, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489 and 490 Sqns, what remains today?
I know of these: 485 (NZ) Sqn Spitfire ML407 OU-V (flying at Duxford, England) Spitfire MH350 OU-V (in the Norwegian Aviation Museum) Spitfire MJ143 OU-? (in the Militaire Luchvaart Museum at Soesterberg) Spitfire MK732 OU-Q (flying with the Dutch Air Force from Gilze Rijen??)
"Built at Standard Motors and delivered sometime between 16 June 1943 and 17 December 1944. Served with No.487 (NZ) Squadron and No.16 Squadron. Previously HR339. Ferried from the United Kingdom by an RAF/RNZAF crew and BOC Ohakea on 25 March 1948. Ferried to Taieri for storage shortly after arrival. Damaged at Wigram during the flight to Taieri when the aircraft sank into a hole on the airfield. Remained at Wigram until it was written off. Declared surplus on SR.4104 and sold by GSB tender number 4980/4981 dated 20 April 1953 to B. Goodwin, Christchurch. Recovered from a farm on Banks Peninsula and some parts to be used in the restoration of NZ2328 at Ferrymead Museum."