Here’s another Malta Spitfire to accompany my previous model. It is another Mk.Vb kitbash to arrive at a Mk.Vc from the Hasegawa kit. The aircraft chosen this time is EP829, flown by Sqn/Ldr John Joseph Lynch, No. 249 Squadron.
Lynch was an Eagle Squadron volunteer hailing from California who remained with the RAF after America entered the war. After serving with No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron in 1941 and the first half of 1942, Lynch was posted to Malta the following November. During April 1943, the Luftwaffe was flying frantic resupply missions into Tunisia in a vain effort to save the Afrika Korps from ultimate defeat. While flying EP829, Lynch shot down several Ju 52 transports, a Ju 88, and a Caproni Ca 313 during this period over the Mediterranean south of the island. One of these was a Ju 52 shot down on 28 April over the sea lanes between Sicily and Tunisia, judged to be the 1,000th axis plane shot down by Malta’s defenders, hence the inscription in front of the windscreen.
Referring to the descriptions of 249’s Spitfires in Luca’s bio “Five Up” as having been a “mesmerizing overall gray” and also consulting photographs and several friends who know their Mediterranean Spitfires I decided to paint this one in tropical land scheme with a dense Extra Dark Sea Gray from Floquil. Decals are from Victory Productions; Ultracast propeller, spinner, exhausts, pilot door, pilot seat, gun bay hatch with large blister, cannons and stubs were used along with a Cutting Edge GM-2 gunsight.