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Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597

Copyright Phil Makanna/GHOSTS

The combat veteran Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597 was built at Castle Bromwich and delivered on 26th April 1942. It served with 315 and 317 (Polish) Squadrons RAF at Woodvale before sustaining damage whilst landing on 13th February 1943. It was repaired, but is thought to have seen no further action. After the war BM597 was assigned to several 'gate guardian' postings including RAF Bridgnorth, possibly 1960 to 1962.
My thanks to the Historic Aircraft Collection for granting permission to use the above information. See their web site for more information about their collection of piston engined military aircraft.

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