Spitfire’s history recalled

The Spitfire paid for by West Hartlepool people at a cost of �5,200. The inset shows the towns crest which the plane carried
The Spitfire paid for by West Hartlepool people at a cost of �5,200. The inset shows the towns crest which the plane carried

HERE is some information regarding the Spitfire (Memory Lane, February 19).

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a, constructor number 1461, she was built at the Eastleigh factory from a batch of 450 built between May 1940 and April 1941, serial number R7132.

She first flew on February 17, 1941.

Her history is as follows: 12 maintenance unit (12 mu), it served with 124 squadron (Boroda) May 7, 1941; 123 squadron (East India) December 31,1941; 58 operational training unit (58 otu) January 7, 1942 and finally 73 operational training unit (73 otu) in the Middle East.

During her service life she had a accident on the July 9, 1942 and was sent to Scottish aviation on the August 18, 1942 for repair.

While there she was converted to an Mk5a.

She was finally struck off charge on March 1, 1944.

Stephen Rushton,

Church View,

Thornley.