The Last Flight of W/O Arnost Mrtvy

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Click on the image to enlarge Another artwork by Pavel Rampír, Czech aviation artist and an illustrator of the Revi aviation journal. His latest ...

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Another artwork by Pavel Rampír, Czech aviation artist and an illustrator of the Revi aviation journal. His latest drawing depicts Spitfire LF Mk. IX. Pencil on cardboard.

On the 19th of April 1944, the Spitfires of No. 313 (Czech) Squadron escorted a formation of American B-26 Marauder bombers on a mission to bomb the railway yard in Mechlin.

After bombing of the target, the mission was attacked by a formation of Focke-Wulf Fw 190s of Jagdeschwader 26.

In the resulting melee, W/O Arnost Mrtvy on his spitfire RY-E was engaged into a long dogfight with the Fw 190 “Blue 16” piloted by Hauptmann Wolfgang Neu. In the end, Mrtvy was shot down by Neu and wounded. He executed a forced landing in a field in Belgium, but before the first eye-witnesses reached the aircraft, he had already passed away.

Pavel’s website is available at: http://www.aircraft.flying.to/
[Pavel Rampír, used by permission of the artist]

3 Comments

By Benny Ceulaers  |  2011-12-27 at 12:14  |  permalink

Hi
This was made for me ,but now we know that the markings are wrong.It hase to be RY-B instead of RY-E for Spitfire MJ558
Regards
Benny Ceulaers
Planehunters recoveryteam

By Editor  |  2012-01-05 at 12:49  |  permalink

@Benny,

Interesting. Out of curiosity, how did you learn about the different designation? IIRC, most sources seem to quote this aircraft as RY-E.

It is still a great piece. I’m a great fan of Pavel’s work.

/Martin

By Benny Ceulaers  |  2013-01-20 at 12:32  |  permalink

Hi
We even have a photo of MJ558with RY-B markings
See my website,we found the crashsite in 2007
http://www.planehunters.be/spitfire-mj558-2/
Regards Benny

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