Pays have added to their collection with the news today that they have secured the remains of Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a, RAF Serial X4009 construction number 6S-74889 / 945, built at the Supermarine Eastleigh factory in the UK. This Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a flown by Australia’s top scoring Battle of Britain ace, 39461 Flight Lieut. Paterson "Pat" Clarence Hughes, DFC (19 September 1917 – 7 September 1940) is to be totally rebuilt to airworthy condition and operated in Australia as a flying memorial to “Pat” Hughes as a part of the collection at the new aviation heritage centre being built at Scone NSW.
The opportunity recently came up for the purchase the remains of the aircraft, together with its identity, with a view to restoring it to airworthy condition. The aircraft was duly placed on the UK civil register as G-EMET and then it was acquired as a project by Ross and Ann-Maree Pay who have then donated it to The Hunter Fighter Collection, a not for profit organization based in Scone NSW. Given the poor state of the (substantial) remains of the aircraft it will be a major rebuild (think something very much like that of N3200).
Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946