The Aircraft

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII (G-BUOS)

• Aircraft Type: Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII (Low Back)
• Operator: Spitfire Ltd
• Year of Manufacture: 1945
• Powered by: Rolls Royce Griffin 65 inline 2,050hp
• Colour Scheme: 28 Sqn. RAF (Based Hong Kong July 1950)

SM845 is an early production Mk XVIII Spitfire built at Chattis Hill in 1945 and delivered to 39MU. In late 1945 the aircraft went to 46MU before being shipped to Karachi, arriving early 1946 and revived by the South East Asia Air Command. The aircraft was transferred to the Indian Air Force late 1947 and served until the late 1950’s. She was acquired by Duxford based Ormond and Wensley Haydon-Baillie in 1977 and shipped unrestored to California in 1978. Partially restored she returned to the U.K. Restoration was completed by Historic Flying Ltd in Audley End who acquired her and made her first post restoration flight in 2000. In 2009 the aircraft was sold to new owners in Sweden. Following a landing accident in 2010 she was acquired by Humberside Spitfire Ltd who contracted Historic Flying Ltd to carry out repairs. She flew again in 2013 wearing the colour scheme of 28 Squadron RAF.

 

Images: David Whitworth