1945 Spitfire LF MKXVIE – RW382

Carrying a distinctive US Air Force colour scheme RW382 has a unique appearance. The aircraft has the markingsas flown by Lt Robert Connor of the 309th Fighter Squadron.

  • Built in 1945 and delivered from Castle Bromwich to No.6 MU at Brize Norton on 20th July
  • No.604 squadron RAuxAF on 1st April 1947, serving until 14th April 1950, when it was retired to No.33 MU Lyneham
  • Joined No.3 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Cooperation Unit at Exeter (coded “A”) on 11th June, transferring to the Control and Reporting School at Middle Wallop on 17th October.
  • Retired 14th July 1953, when it flew to No.45 MU at Kinloss, moving on to No.29 MU at High Ercall two weeks later. SOC on 14th December 1954.
  • Allocated to No.609 squadron at Church Fenton as instructional airframe 7245M 28th November 1955.
  • RAF Leconfield, 1957-1973.
  • Gate guard as RW729/DW-X.
  • RAF Henlow, 1967-1968.
  • Used in movie ‘Battle Of Britain’ for static scenes, 1968.
  • RAF Uxbridge, Apr. 4, 1973-1988. Displayed on pole.
  • Tim Routis/Historic Flying Ltd, Cambridge, Aug. 1988-1989.
  • David Tallichet/MARC, Chino, CA,1989-1991.
  • Tim Routis/Historic Flying Ltd, Audley End, July 2, 1991.
  • Registered as G-XVIA.
  • First flight July 3, 1991 at Audley End as RW382/NG-C.
  • Military Aircraft Restoration Corp, Chino, CA, 1991-1994.
  • Bernie F. Jackson, Manitoba, Canada, 1994-1995.
  • Based in UK, 1991-1995.
  • Arrived at Audley End to be dismantled for shipment to USA, Feb. 13, 1995.
  • Thomas F. & Bernie Jackson, Glenbrook, NV, Aug. 21, 1995-1998.
  • Registered as N382RW.
  • Crashed in, Blue Canyon, CA, June 3, 1998.
  • Registered as G-PBIX Pemberton-Billing LLP
  • Restoration to fly at the Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd. 2011
  • 1st flight 18/09/13 at Biggin Hill, Pilot Clive Denney
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Watch RW382 in action

Biggin Hill Mk IX & XVI in formation White Cliffs