TD248 Spitfire LF Mk XVIe in 41 Squadron Air Race Markings Coded D
Related Notes by Caz
TD248 [G-OXVI] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XVIe was one of a batch of aircraft that formed the Air Ministry's 17th order for Spitfires on April 19th 1944.
On May 16th 1945 it went to 695 squadron coded 8Q-T. The aircraft was withdrawn from service on 31st December 1947 when an inspection was carried out following the discovery of previously unrecorded and substantial damage
TD248 was eventually returned to service on 13 May 1948 with the codes 4M-E. It passed through many non combat units from August 1951 until May 1954 when TD248 was withdrawn from service and stored at 9 Maintenance Unit (9 MU) at RAF Cosford pending disposal.
In October 1955 it was issued to No 610 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RauxAF) for static display and then subsequently allocated to the Air Training Corps at RAF Sealand where it remained until acquired by Historic Flying in 1988.
The propeller was totally rebuilt with new blades and bearings and the Packard Merlin 266 engine zero timed. All the original systems parts are retained after being overhauled, except the aircraft was fitted with wing tanks, a modern radio and a GPS.
TD248 flew again in November 1992 in the striking silver and red livery of a 41 Squadron Spitfire F21 that participated in the Blackpool Air races of 1948/49. TD248 worn this scheme for 13 years, until Historic Flying sold the Aircraft in 2005 and the new owners had it re-sprayed in a completely new colour scheme, that of 74 Squadron 2nd Tactical Air Force May 1945.
At time of writing TD248 is operated by Spitfires Ltd. and maintained by the Aircraft Restoration Company (For the new Scheme see next Page: TD248 in 74 Squadron 2nd Tactical Air Force Markings )
Photographed at the Shoreham Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) display 30th August 2003
TD248 is not the only restored Spitfire to operate in 41 Squadron Blackpool Air Races Colours;
see Airworthy Spitfires Part 1 - RN201 Spitfire Mk XIVe in 41 Squadron Air Race Markings )
For a detailed history see:
Spitfire Mk XVIe TD248 - City of St Albans Spitfire Squadron Page