Spitfire, London, 1960

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Click to enlarge image This interesting photo has been contributed by Mr. Vince Neil from Florida. Vince attached the following comment: The picture was ...


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This interesting photo has been contributed by Mr. Vince Neil from Florida. Vince attached the following comment:

The picture was taken in 1960 while on my first trip to London. And my first thrilling close up glimpse of a Spitfire. As I recall, I stumbled upon this during a stroll around Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing. Also have a shot of a Gladiator at the same site.

Can anyone add something about the aircraft and the occasion? [Vincent D. Neil]

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By Anonymous  |  2010-01-15 at 22:54  |  permalink

Im not certain and this is only a supposition but looking at the squadron codes on the side of the Spitfire which read 'PR' I would say that this is the Mk1a (P7350) which belongs to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Hurricane is most probably LF363 from the same flight. The occassion I think given the year (1960) would be the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the location would be more than likely to be Horseguards parade not far from Buckingham Palace. Hope this helps a little. Dave Jay, Swindon, Wiltshire UK

By vincent  |  2010-01-26 at 02:34  |  permalink

Thanks very much Dave.
Are these two aircraft flyable and do they participate in the annual flypast?
Vincent Neil

By Anonymous  |  2010-03-07 at 11:36  |  permalink

THE SPITFIRE IS ALMOST CERTAINLY X4590 WEARING THE CODE PR-F OF 609 SQUADRON WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SAME AIRCRAFT WAS WEARING WHEN IT SHARED IN THE DESTRUCTION OF A JU-88 WHICH WAS THE SQUADRONS 100TH ENEMY AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN.
THIS TOOK PLACE ON THE 21ST OF OCTOBER 1940 AND THE SPIT. WAS FLOWN THAT DAY BY PILOT OFFICER SYDNEY HILL.
P7350 NEVER FLEW WITH 609 SQDN. AND THUS NEVER HAD THE PR -F CODES APPLIED.
I WOULD ALSO GUESS THAT THE HURRICANE IS P2617 AND NOT LF363 .
BOTH AIRCRAFT THAT YOU PHOTOGRAPHED WERE ON THE STRENGTH OF 71 M.U. AND HAVE NOT FLOWN FOR MANY YEARS,SO IT WOULD NOT MAKE ANY SENSE TO STRIP DOWN AND TRANSPORT THE TWO AIRWORTHY AIRCRAFT AS MR. JAY SUGGESTS WHEN THESE TWO WERE AVAILABLE ,I HAVE ALSO PHOTOGRAPHED THE TWO NON FLYERS SEVERAL TIMES ON THE HORSE GUARDS PARADE OR ON THE EMBANKMENT
BRIAN C DAVIDSON (WAKEFIELD)
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