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SPITFIRE/MK732



Serial #: MK732
Construction #:
  CBAF.IX1732
Civil Registration:
  G-HVDM
  PH-OUQ
  Model:
  Spitfire LF Mk. IXc
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2005

History:
Built at Castle Bromwich, Early 1944.
Delivered to RCAF as MK732, March 1944.
- Accepted by 39 MU, RAF Colerne.
-- Installed military equipment.
- Allocated to 485 Squadron (NZ).
Delivered to RNAF as H-25 (later 3W-17).
- BOC: June 24, 1947.
- SOC: June 4, 1954.
- Moved to Eindhoven AB for decoy use, June 30, 1954-1956.
- Military equipment removed and aircraft abandoned.
RAF Oldenburg, West Germany, 1956-1957.
- "Acquired" by No 14 Squadron and moved by truck to RAF Oldenburg, apparently without permission.
- Restored for static display.
- Presented to No. 124 Wing as a wing trophy.
- Displayed as RAF Oldenburg.
RAF Aldorn, West Germany, 1957-1960.
RAF Gutersloh, West Germany, 1960-1969.
- Dismantled and airfreighted to RAF Brize Norton, June 27, 1969.
- Moved by road from RAF Brize Norton to RAF St. Athan.
RAF St. Athan, July 10, 1969-1970.
- Stored by No 72 MU, awaiting restoration.
RAF Bicester, December 3, 1970-1974.
- Assigned instructional airframe No. 8633M.
RAF Cotishall, October 23, 1974.
- Stored for use as BBMF parts source.
RAF Coninsby, 1978.
RAF St. Athan, August 1979.
RAF Abingdon, September 1980.
- Stripped and parts used in rebuild of AB910.
RNAF 322 Squadron, Gilzen-Rijen AB, August 30, 1983-1986.
- Arrived Schipol, April 13, 1984.
- Displayed Schipol, 1984-1985.
- Started restoration, November 29, 1985. Dutch Spitfire Flight Ltd, Guernsey, 1989-1993.
- Registered as G-HVDM, Jan 18, 1991.
- Restored to airworthy.
- First flight, Lydd, June 10, 1993.
- Flew initially as H-25/MK732/Baby Bea V.
- Later flown as MK732/OU-U/Baby Bea V.
- 50% interest sold to Dutch Government, December 8, 1993.
Dutch Government, Oct 4, 1994-1998.
- Acquired remaining 50% interest from DSF.
- Major damaged from landing accident August 25, 1995.
-- Repaired.
- Minor Damaged from landing accident at RNLAF Volkel, May 19, 1956.
-- Repaired.
RNLAF Historical Flight/Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historiche, Gilze-Rijen AB, October 28, 1998-2002.
- Prop damaged in take-off accident, March 31, 1999.
-- Blades replaced.
- Repainted in RNLAF colors and fitted with "clipped" wing.
- Registered as PH-OUQ.
- Flown as RNLAF/3W-17 in silver scheme.

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Photo Source(s):
Caz Caswell.

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