MK732 Spitfire Mk LF IX in Royal Netherlands Air Force Colours
Related Notes by Caz
MK732 (PH-OUQ) a Supermarine Spitfire Mk LF IX in a silver colour scheme of 322 Squadron Royal Netherlands Air Force coded 3W-17. Operated by the Dutch Spitfire Flight (part of Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight) and Photographed at Biggin Hill on 3rd September 2005.
Brief History off MK732 (PH-OUQ) Built in early 1942 and issued to 485 (RNZAF) Squadron on the 25th April. It stayed in Squadron service until October 1944 when it passed to 1 CRU and thence to 39 MU January 1945.
Sold to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in June 1948, it was initially coded H-25 and placed in store. Allocated to 322 Squadron in April 1951 and given the serial code 3W:17. Retired from service in September 1953, it languished until 1969, when it returned to the United Kingdom. In October 1974 the Aircraft became a spares source for the RAF Battle of Britain Flight.
After the BBMF had taken what it required, the remains were returned to 322 Squadron in the Netherlands in in March 1984, in November 1985 it was placed in store at Gilze-Rijen where it remained until late 1989. The finally things were looking up for MK732, as it was now passed to the Dutch Spitfire Flight for restoration in 1991. After major work the Aircraft was sipped to the United Kingdom for final finishing and assembly. Registered G-HVDM its first post-restoration flight was on the 10th June 1993.
Returned to the Dutch Spitfire Flight in July 1993, it began its display career, retaining its UK registration. During the period 1995 to 1999, the Aircraft suffered a number of minor landing accidents, fortunately none causing serious damage, or injury.
In March 2000 the Aircraft went to the Royal Netherlands Air Force base at Woensdrecht, where it was fitted with clipped wings and painted in an overall Silver scheme with Dutch Markings and 322 Squadron codes. In October of the same year it finally relinguished its British registration when it joined the Dutch civil register as PH-OUQ.
At some point between 2000 and when photographed in 2005 the Aircraft reverted to the classic Spitfire wing form.
Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht (Dutch)
Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight (English)