PS853 Spitfire PR XIX in 16 Squadron Markings Coded C
Related Notes by Caz
PS853 [G-RRGN] a Southampton built PR XIX and delivered to the Central Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at Benson on January 13th 1945. On retirment from RAF service it joined Short Brothers Met Flight in July 1950, remaining with the unit until its final flight with Short's on 9th June 1957.
PS853 immediately rejoined the RAF as one of the founding aircraft of the Historic Aircraft Flight formed this 3 Spitfires and a Hurricane, in 1963 this became the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).
PS853 was 'detached' to take part in the Film Battle of Britain in 1967/1968 before returning to the BBMF.
Following an Accident to the then sole Hurricane LF363, the decision was made to sell PS853, in order to raise sufficient funds to repair LF363. Sold to Euan English early in 1995 but was back up for sale following English's death in a flying accident on March 4th 1995. Sold to Rolls Royce, September 1996 and and it has remained in their care ever since.
Photographed in 16 Squadron Markings, Coded C: at Photographed at Duxford Flying Legends on 8th July 2006.
Aside: In 2007 Rolls Royce loaned PS853 back to the BBMF for the 2007 display season to mark the the 40th Anniversary of the Flight's formation.
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