EP120 Spitfire LF Mk Vb in 402 RCAF Squadron markings
Related Notes by Caz
EP120 [G-LFVB] a Supermarine Spifire LF Mk Vb with the Fighter Collection.
Built at Castle Bromwich, EP 120 is one of the few airworthy Spitfire Mk Vs in the world. She was delivered via 45 MU (Maintenance Unit) to 501 Squadron on June 4, 1942.
The Aircraft became the personal mount of Squadron Leader Geoffrey Northcott who accounted for seven German aircraft over the year following his joining 501 Squadron, six of them whilst he was flying EP120.
EP120 was damaged in a ground collision with Spitfire AB403 on 16th July 1942 and was returned to Castle Bromwich for repairs. After her repairs she went to 19 Squadron for a short period until ending her operational flying career with 402 (RCAF) Squadron.
The Aircraft eventually ended up going to an O.T.U. Like so many others flying today, it became a gate guard. However EP120 was a temporarily releived of Gate Duty to become a static aircraft for the Battle of Britain film - in 1967/68. After filming it was restored before returning to Gate Guard Duties. In 1989 EP120 joined almost all non-flying Spitfires still owned by the RAF, in storage at RAF St. Athan, in South Wales.
In 1993 EP120 became part of the Fighter Collection and made Airworthy. Painted in the Markings of her final operational unit 402 (RCAF) Squadron coded AE:A and it was in these marking that EP120 was photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006.
For a detailed histories see:
EP120 Spitfire LF Mk Vb on the Touchdown Aviation Website
EP120 Spitfire LF Mk Vb - Sons of Damien Website
EP120 Spitfire LF Mk Vb - City of St Albans Spitfire Squadron Page
The Fighter Collection:
Fighter Collection Website