World War Two Spitfire sale could fetch 2.5m

May 5th, 2015  

Topic: World War Two Spitfire sale could fetch 2.5m

World War Two Spitfire sale could fetch 2.5m

  • 27 April 2015
A rare RAF Spitfire once flown by a Great Escape veteran and painstakingly restored over five years could fetch millions of pounds for charity.
It is one of only two left in the world to have been restored to its original specification and is airworthy.
The fighter, based at Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, could fetch up to 2.5m at auction in July.
Proceeds will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund and Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.
The Mk I Vickers Supermarine Spitfire was originally piloted by Old Etonian Flying Officer Peter Cazenove during the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Despite radioing-in to say "Tell mother I'll be home for tea," he was shot down on 24 May 1940, crashed on the Calais coast and was captured.

'Particularly special'

He ended up in the Stulag Luft III prisoner of war camp, where British airmen launched their famous Great Escape in 1944.

There are only two original Mk I Spitfires left in the world that can fly But despite failing to escape, he survived and returned to the UK after the war.
The plane remained hidden in the sandy beach of Calais until the 1980s when strong tides exposed the wreckage.
However, it was not until the parts were bought by an American collector and shipped to the UK that the mammoth task of restoring it began at the former home of RAF Duxford.
Now the Spitfire has been returned to its original glory and is going under the hammer at Christie's in London on 9 July.
German soldiers posed with the Spitfire wreckage after it crashed in Calais John Romain, chief engineer at the Aircraft Restoration Company, which undertook the project, said: "It came to us quite literally in boxes of parts that had been removed from the beach in France.
"We spent five years restoring it back to its original state.
"This one is particularly special. It is very unusual to see a Spitfire like this go to auction."
May 6th, 2015  
Duxford have done some amazing work. A few years ago a Bristol Blenheim crashed onto a golf course on its maiden flight after an 11 year restoration. Sadly she was a write off. 18 months later Duxford has a second Blenheim in the air after amazing public contributions and Stirling work by Duxford staff.

Monty if you ever go back to UK again, visit Duxford, its an amazing place.
May 6th, 2015  
I have been to Duxford.

Since I know you are a fan of the Vulcan:

One for the Yanks:

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May 6th, 2015  
Duxford has grown a hell of a lot since I was there last in 1993, even then it was awesome.

I was in the RAF when the Vulcan was in service, it was an amazing aircraft to watch. I saw her on a demonstration bombing run on Salisbury Plain during the late 60's when she dropped her payload on a convoy of old military vehicles. Just a load of scrap metal was left behind after she had finished.

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