No. 208 Squadron’s Spitfires Mk. XVIII

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Click to enlarge image A pair of Spitfires FR Mk. XVIII of No. 208 Squadron over the Mediterranean. After the War, No 208 returned ...

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A pair of Spitfires FR Mk. XVIII of No. 208 Squadron over the Mediterranean.

After the War, No 208 returned from Italy to Palestine where it was equipped with the new Spitfires Mk. XVIII. Following the creation of the Israeli state, the squadron covered the withdrawal of British forces from Palestine, and in the course of these duties was attacked both by the Egyptian Air Force and the Israelis – all flying Spitfires! In late 1948 the fragile situation in Palestine prompted the squadron to withdraw to RAF Fayid in the Canal Zone of Egypt. Here the unit carried photo reconnaissance missions over Palestine and Suez. After 3 years at Fayid, the Spitfires were replaced by Meteors in 1951. [Crown Copyright]

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By Robin Horton  |  2016-01-30 at 17:06  |  permalink

Hi, I just wondered where you got a copy of this photo from as it was taken by and owned by my father Bert Hortn of 208 squadron.
Regards, Robin

By Troy Smith  |  2016-07-11 at 01:00  |  permalink

HI Robin

this photo is in various Spitfire books, along with other photos of 208 Squadron. Notice the Crown Copyright.

It shows the late 1940’s desert scheme, of Dark Earth and Light Slate Grey
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234939314-light-slate-grey-or-dark-green-1949-desert-scheme/

also used on Tempests in the area
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234910108-tempest-middle-east-camo/

There is a colour photo of a Spitfire 18 warbird with cowling panels in these colours
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/11687-spitfire-fr-mk18-camouflage-question/

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