1943 Spitfire IX MA764

25th November 1943 MA764 was performing a sweep near Lille along with other Spitfires of 122 Sqn. They were attacked by Messerschmitt 109’s. MA764 was hit and suffered an engine fire resulting in the pilot, Sgt Don Bostock, bailing out.

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  • Built in early 1943 at the Castle Bromwich factory
  • Originally Fitted with a Rolls Royce Merlin 63 engine
  • allocated to No33 MU (Maintenance Unit) at RAF Lyneham in Witshire
  • Allocated to No 122 (Bombay) Squadron then the Advanced Landing ground (ALG) at Brenzett on the Romney Marsh in Kent
  • Part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force tasked with ground attack and bomber escort missions
  • After a brief spell at Weston Zoyland, MA764 moved to a more permanent base at RAF Gravesend in Kent
  • 25th November 1943 after a dogfight Flight Sgt D Bostock bailed out of the aircraft
  • January 2006 the aircraft was returned to Horam in East Sussex
  • February 2021 the aircraft was moved to Biggin Hill for a full restoration to flight
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