Spitfire Mk. VIII, Serial JF349 HL-K
308th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force, USAAF.
Pilot - CO of 308th FS. Flown by Lt. Leland P. Molland. Castel Volturno, Italy. February, 1944.
Molland was a 10.5 victory ace, 5 of those while flying the Spitfire. Finished in Dark Earth and Middle Stone over Azure Blue. All demarcations are tightly hand sprayed. Finish is worn and matt, with moderate exhaust staining and heavy wear on the wingroots. Note the yellow stripes on the outer wings. Spinner red. Blades black with 4 yellow tips. Wheel hubs Dark Earth or possibly dirty Aluminum.
Spitfire MK. VIII, MT982 UM-C
152 Squadron RAF. SEAC. Flown by Warrant Officer Eric Clegg.
Sinthe Airstrip, Burma, 1945
152 Sqdn alternated between ground support missions and escorting transports in Burma. Finished in Dark Green and Dark Earth tight soft-edged uppersurface camo over Medium Sea Grey. Spinner in white with yellow tipped black prop blades. White theatre bands on wing, stabilizers and fin.
Spitfire Mk. VIII, A58-517 (RAF serial MT594) UP-F
79 Squadron RAAF. Flown by Flt. Lt. Norman Turnbull (surname legally changed in August to
Based at Morotai, Indonesia. Late Spring, 1945.
Finished in a factory painted scheme of Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Medium Sea Grey. Shown before incorrectly in other upper surface camo colors. Note tail unit and wing leading edges painted in very worn white paint. Pilot stated that the Elephant was painted grey. Yellow leading edges showing through the badly chipped paint. Standard roundels overpainted in camo colors. Spinner in light blue, not green. Note Sky band completely painted out in OG.
Spitfire Mk. VIII, JF476 QJ-D
92 Squadron RAF. Desert Air Force. Pilot unknown.
Based at Taranto, Italy. September, 1943.
Finished in Dark Earth and Middle Stone over Azure Blue. All demarcations are tightly hand sprayed. Finish is relatively clean, with light exhaust staining and some wear on the wingroots. Note no yellow leading edge stripes on wings. Spinner red. Blades black with 4 yellow tips. Wheel hubs probably Azure or Dark Earth.
Spitfire Mk. VIII, JF835 UM-T
152 Squadron RAF. SEAC. Flown by Flying Officer Paul Gus Ardeline.
Sinthe Airstrip, Burma, 1945
Ardeline, a Canadian, shot down a Dinah on 24th September 1944 while flying this aircraft. Finished in a Dark Green and Dark Earth tight soft-edged uppersurface camo over Medium Sea Grey. Spinner in white with yellow tipped black prop blades. Note green maple leaf on fuselage roundels and lack of white theatre bands. Very heavily weathered with prominent lead deposit staining from exhausts.
Spitfire Mk. VIII, JG183 RD-S
67 Sqdn. RAF. Flown by Flying Officer C.V. Bargh.
Based at Alipore, India. February 29, 1944
Bargh, a new Zealander, had three confirmed victories and two damaged to his credit. JG183 was finished in Dark Earth and Dark Green in a tight soft-edged camouflage pattern over Medium Sea Grey. Note no yellow wing leading edges or rear fuselage band. Spinner Dark Earth. Blades black with 4 yellow tips. Wheel hubs aluminum. Looks well maintained in the only known photo.
For more information on 152 Squadron RAF, check out these excellent sites:
W/O Eric Clegg's Tour of Duty with 152 Hyderabad Squadron
Home of the 152 Hyderabad Squadron
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