Historic Spitfire at RAF Woodvale

Spitfire 4 July 2015 Woodvale  (1)

Report and images by Pat Regan  

American Independence Day and one would expect to see an American fighter plane perhaps like the P-51 Mustang or the the Chance Vought F4U Corsair.

However, RAF Woodvale was treated today to the sterling sights and sounds of the wonderful Spitfire.

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Ready for take off

Spitfire MK356 is now painted to represent Spitfire Mk IXc ML214, coded ‘5J-K’, the personal aircraft of Squadron Leader ‘Johnny’ Plagis, the Commanding Officer of No 126 Squadron from July 1944. Plagis named all of his personal Spitfires after his sister ‘Kay’ (Katrina) and ML214 bore her name on the port side above two scrolls displaying 16 swastikas – his kill markings.

The aircraft is painted with black and white invasion stripes on the underside of the wings and rear fuselage.


For some unknown reason, certain fighter units of the UK-based No 10 Group, Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB), painted non-standard, narrower stripes on their aircraft (nine inches wide instead of the standard eighteen) and this was how the 126 Squadron Spitfires were marked.

More data and photos here


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