JG891 Spitfire LF Mk Vc in 249 Squadron markings as JK879
Related Notes by Caz
JG891 [G-LFVC] an LF Mk Vc in 1942, was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force as A58-178. While serving with 79 squadron at Kiriwina in the Solomon Islands in January 1945, JG891 flipped over onto her back when landing in wet and gusty conditions. The pilot was slightly injured and the aircraft was not repaired.
In 1974 the stripped down hulk was recovered from the Solomon Islands and a composite restoration to flying condition using parts from EF545 RAAF serial A58-149 and registered in New Zealand.
It was eventually acquired by Historic Flying, and was to be restored to flying condition as a Mk Vc Trop with a Volkes filter housing under the nose. The filter was fitted to avoid sucking in the damaging sand and dust - these filters were not only ugly but also took the edge off performance.
When the above photograph was taken, JG891 was finished in the desert camouflage colours and markings of JK879 as flown by F/Sgt John G 'Jack' Hughes, a RCAF pilot flying with No 249 Squadron at Takali in Malta; 1942/43.
Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legands' on 7th July 2007. Coded T:B. Since then the Aircraft, firstly changed British Owners subsequently moved to the USA where the Volkes Filter was been removed.
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