Supermarine Spitfire F(R).14



Supermarine Spitfire F(R.).14 SG-108/IQ-V





Supermarine Spitfire F(R).14

Single engine single seat fighter



  Immediately post World War II, the Belgian Air Force planned the creation of two daytime fighter wings (Wing “A" and "B") consisting each of two Squadrons of 16 Spitfire fighters. Because the RAF wanted Belgium to return the 24 Spitfire LF.16 which equipped N°s 349 and 350 Squadrons in 1946, an order was placed for the delivery of 100 Rolls Royce Griffon powered Spitfire F(R).14 fighters. All these former RAF machines were delivered between April 1947 and July 1949 (one aircraft, SG-39, was refused because it was not found to be in an acceptable state while a second machine (MV360) crashed during delivery - both aircraft were replaced later on). In the framework of the Western Union Treaty 30 additional attrition replacement Spitfires were ordered and also 2 fighters to replace those mentioned above.  A total of 132 Spitfire F(R).14 fighters were used by 10 Squadrons while three additional non-flying machines were delivered as instructional airframes for the Technical School at Saffraanberg (and Tongeren). The Mark 14 (in post-war Belgium the designation in Arabic numbers was used instead of the wartime Roman numbers) came with two distinct cockpit versions, the classic "Malcolm hood" and the "Bubble hood" while some aircraft had the reconnaissance window (therefore the FR designation in some cases) and others not. However the recce capability was never used in Belgium. The Spit F(R).14 was a very demanding aircraft to fly, but once tamed the machine was certainly to be considered as one of the best propeller driven fighters of its time. The Belgian Spitfire F(R).14 served with the following Squadrons: N°s 349 and 350 Squadrons of the 1st Wing at Beauvechain, N°s 1, 2, and 3 Squadrons of the 2nd Wing at Florennes, N°s 23, 27 and 31 Squadrons of the 10th Wing at Chièvres and the Fighter School based at Koksijde. Soon after the delivery of the first jet powered Meteor F.4 and F.8 the Spitfires were faced out of operational service and only remained as trainers at the Fighter School until 1954. The majority of the Belgian Spit 14's were scrapped and only four were preserved for posterity. (Daniel Brackx)  

Picture  Serial RAF Date In Date Out History
SG-1 NH655 Apr 1947 Sep 1954 SG-1/GE-A, /UR-T, scrapped.
SG-2 RB166 Apr 1947 Aug 1947 SG-2/GE-B (attributed but never worn), Crashed at Beauvechain on 21 May 1947 because of engine probllems on take off.
SG-3 RM916 Apr 1947 Apr 1950 SG-3/GE-A, UR-M, /IQ-J, crashed at Bray-Dunes (F.) on 22 Feb 1950.
SG-4 MV248 Apr 1947 Sep 1954 SG-4/IQ-O, /B2-H, scrapped.
SG-5 RB163 Apr 1947 Sep 1954 SG-5/GE-Z, /GE-O, /IQ-E, instructional airframe at the Technical School of Saffraanberg, scrapped
SG-6 RM701 May 1047 May 1954 SG-6/GE-E, scrapped.
SG-7 RN121 May 1947 Apr 1951 SG-7/3R-G, crashed at Yvoir after mid-air collision with SG-52/3R-V on 15 Mar 1951.
SG-8 NH654 Apr 1947 Feb 1951 SG-8/GE-P, -UR-O, written off in belly landing following engine failure at Florennes on 27 Oct 1950
SG-9 SM938 Jun 1947 Jun 1950 SG-9/GE-P, /(IQ)-"S", crashed at Francorchamps on 12 May 1950.
SG-10 RM768 Jun 1947 Jul 1954 SG10/GE-D, /UR-P, /IQ-G, scrapped.
SG-11 RM672 Jun 1947 Oct 1954 SG-11/GE-T, /3R-T, /IQ-C, crashed at Lammersdorf (D.) on 5 Aug 1954.
SG-12 RM870 Jul 1947 Feb 1950 SG-12/MN-H, IQ-Z, written off in accident at Koksijde on 5 Jan 1950.
SG-13 RB154 Jul 1947 Apr 1952 SG-13/MN-K, /GE-E, IQ-V, crashed at Audinghen (F.) on 1 Apr 1952. Fuselage to Fire Fighting Dept at Koksijde, one wing to SG-55 (KLM/MRA).
SG-14 RM726 Jul 1947 May 1953 SG-14/GE-H, /UR-R, GV-R, not repaired after Cat.3 accident at Koksijde on 27 Feb 1953.
SG-15 RM685 Jul 1947 Apr 1954 SG-15/GE-Z, /UR-B, /IQ-B, ground collision at Koksijde on 27 Feb 1953, not repaired.
SG-16 NH688 Jul 1947 Aug 1950 SG-16/GE-V, /IQ-L, /3R-E, crashed on landing at Florennes on 3 Jul 1950.
SG-17 RM935 Sep 1947 Dec 1952 SG-17/(MN)-V, /MN-V, /IQ-E, UR-, scrapped.
SG-18 RM741 Sep 1947 Jan 1953 SG-18/MN-A, /UR-D, /IQ-Z, GV-X, scrapped.
SG-19 RN206 Sep 1947 May 1954 SG-19/YL-A, /YL-M, 8S-S(?), B2-S, scrapped.
SG-20 NH712 Sep 1947 Sep 1948 NH712/(MN)-O, (SG-20) crashed at Glabbeek/Attenrode-Wever after engine failure on 16 Jan 1948.
SG-21 RM676 Oct 1947 Apr 1948 RM676/(MN)-C, (SG-21), crashed at Beauvechain on 19 Feb 1948 due to engine failure.
SG-22 RM791 Oct 1947 Sep 1954 SG-22/IQ-C, /YL-R, /IQ-O, scrapped.
SG-23 RM679 Oct 1947 Apr 1948 RM679/(MN)-F (SG-23), written off in ground collision with SG-20 at Beauvechain on 24 Nov 1947.
SG-24 RM876 Nov 1947 Feb 1951 SG-24/(3R)-B, /UR-B, IQ-B, crashed at Wulpen-Booitshoeke on 27 Deec 1959 due to engine problems.
SG-25 RM927 Nov 1947 Sep 1954 SG-25/3R-A, /IQ-W, stored at scrapdealer De Wachter at Oostende, restored Chicago, Biggin Hill  (U.K.) awaiting restoration to flying condition.
SG-26 NH643 Jan 1948 April 1952 SG-26/IQ-R, /GV-J, crashed at Lamine/Remicourt on 10 Apr 1952.
SG-27 RB161 Jan 1948 Jun 1952 SG-27/MN-P, /IQ-O, crashed at St. Pieters Kapelle on 31 Jul 1952.
SG-28 RM787 Jan 1948  Apr 1948 RM787/(MN)-E, (SG-28), crashed at Beauvechain on 17 Mar 1948.
SG-29 RN113 Jan 1948 Nov 1952 SG-29/MN-O, /UR-F, /IQ-A, scrapped.
SG-30 MV288 Jan 1948 Aug 1951 SG-30/IQ-K, /IQ-J, crashed at Koksijde on 10 Aug 1951.
SG-31 RN201 Feb 1948 Nov 1950 SG-31/MN-L, /YL-B, crashed at Florennes due to engine problems on 5 Oct 1950. Gate Guardian at Beauvechain, G-BSKP, N201TB (in flying condition)
SG-32 RM759 Feb 1948 Apr 1954 SG-32/GE-M, /YL-G, scrapped.
SG-33 TZ137 Feb 1948 Apr 1950 SG-33/MN-B, /YL-N, crashed at Bois du Gros Frene/Lotenne on 29Mar 1950 after a mid-air collision with SG-74.
SG-34 MV381 Mar 1948 Sep 1954 SG-34/GE-B, /MLD,, scrapped.
SG-35 RM770 Mar 1948 Jul 1951 SG-35/MN-G, YL-F, destroyed in fatal accident at Vitrival on 5 Jun 1951.
SG-36 MV302 Mar 1948 Sep 1954 SG-36/UR-A, /UR-G, IQ-K, Scrapped.
SG-37 RM860 Apr 1947 Mar 1949 SG-37/UR-C, ground collision with SG-46 at Koksijde on 14 Jan 1949. Fuselage to Saffraanberg Technical School.  and one wing to Royal Army museum's SG-55.
SG-38 RM764 Mar 1948 Feb 1952 SG-38/(MN)-A, GE-A, GV-A, Fatal accident at Bois de Beausart on 24 Feb 1952.
- SG-39 MV256 Mar 1948 Oct 1948 SG-39, aircraft refused by the Belgian Air Force because of damaged in the cockpit.
SG-40 RB186 Apr 1948 Jun 1951 SG-40/GE-N, /YL-S, written off in an accident at Florennes on 22 Jun 1951.
- SG-41 RM866 Mar 1948 Apr 1948 SG-41, Crashed on take off from Florennes on 30 Apr 1948 due to engine problems.
SG-42 RM697 May 1948 Aug 1950 SG-42/GE-D, /IQ-Z, crashed at Raversijde on 4 Jul 1950 due to engine problems
SG-43 RM920 May 1948 Mar 1951 SG-43/MN-C, /3R-J, /YL-A, crashed at Gourdinne on 23 Feb 1951.
SG-44 RM802 Jun 1948 Dec 1953 SG-44/YL-O, /IQ-U, crashed at Veurne on 28 Dec 1953.
SG-45 RN119 Jun 1948 Sep 1954 SG-45/MN-C, /UR-C, /UR-Q, /IQ-Q, scrapped.
SG-46 RM625 Jun 1948 Mar 1949 SG-46/UR-G, /IQ-J, W/o in ground collsion at Koksijde on 14 Jan 1949, fuselage to Techn School Tongeren.
SG-47 RN117 Jun1948 Aug 1951 SG-47/UR-E, UR-M, IQ-M. Crashed at Koksijde on 09 Aug 1951.
SG-48 TZ132 Jul 1948 Apr 1954 SG-48/YL-Z, /(IQ)-K, /IQ-W, scrapped.
SG-49 TX995 Jul 1948 Dec 1954 TD995/RL-D, SG-49/RL-D (?), /8S-R, scrapped.
SG-50 MV378 Jul 1948 Sep 1954 SG-50/3R-A, /Z6-., scrapped.
SG-51 SM821 Jul 1948 Jun 1949 SM821/UR-F, SG-51, crashed at Hemptinne on 5 May 1949 (lost wing in flight).
SG-52 RM882 Jul 1948 Apr 1951 RM882 (RAF), SG-52/IQ-S, /3R-V, crashedlanded at Evreheilles-Yvoir after mid-air collision with SG-7/3R-G.
SG-53 RM857 Jul 1948 Jun 1949 RM857 (RAF), SG-53/3R-O, crashed at Grune/Nassogne after mid-air collision with SG-72.
SG-54 RN215 Aug 1948 Apr 1954 SG-54/3R-M, /IQ-K, scrapped.
SG-55 MV246 Aug 1948 Aug 1951 SG-55/GE-R, crashed at Opvelp due to engine problems on 11 Oct 1948, on displat at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels.
SG-56 NH754 Aug 1948 Jul 1950 SG-56/MN-W, /IQ-D, crashed on landing at Koksijde on 5 Jun 1950
SG-57 RM921 Aug 1948 Nov 1951 SG-54/UR-N, /YL-N, Gate Guardian at Florennes aibase ar "RL-D", on display at the Spitfire Museum at Florennes.
SG-58 RM680 Apr 1948 Apr 1954 SG-58//(IQ)-H, /GV-H, /IQ-DD, Cat 3 accident at Koksijde on 6 Mar 1954, not repaired and scrapped.
SG-59 RM710 Sep 1948 Apr 1951 SG-59/MN-V, /3R-N, crashed at Florennes due to engine failure on take off on 6 Apr 1951.
SG-60 RM933 Sep 1948 Sep 1954 SG-60/GE-S, /3R-V, /IQ-AA, scrapped.
SG-61 RM822 Sep 1948 Apr 1954 SG-61/UR-A, /IQ-Y, scrapped
SG-62 RM913 Oct 1948 Sep 1954 SG-62/GE-P, /IQ-P, scrapped.
SG-63 RN115 Oct 1948 Aug 1951 SG-63/IQ-K, /GV-R, written off in taxi accident at Koksijde on 31 Jul 1951.
SG-64 TZ192 Oct 1948 Nov 1952 SG-64/IQ-F, Fatal crash at Saffraanberg on 23 Oct 1952.
SG-65 NH892 Oxt 1948 Dec 1953 SG-65/3R-C, /MN-X, /GV-X, /IQ-M, crashed at Mannekensvere on 14 Dec 1953.
SG-66 RM705 Oct 1948 Mar 1953 SG-66/MN-V, /GV-V, /IQ-Q, written off in accident at Raversijde on 24 Mar 1953.
SG-67 NH864 Oct 1948 Apr 1951 SG-67/MN-Y, /YL-D, crashed at Pietrebais on 28 Mar 1951.
SG-68 RB156 Oct 1948 May 1952 SG-68/GE-F, /IQ-F, crashed at Mielen-boven-Aalst on 14 Mar 1952.
SG-69 RB182 Oct 1948 Apr 1954 SG-69/IQ-U, /GV-F, scrapped.
SG-70 RM683 Nov 1948 Aug 1950 SG-70/UR-C, crashed at Florennes on 27 Apr 1949.
SG-71 NH718 Nov 1948 Oct 1952 SG-71/IQ-A (?), /IQ-U, not repaired after Cat.2 accident on 8 Oct 1952
- SG-72 RM841 Nov 1948 Jun 1949 SG-72/UR-A, crashed at Grune/Nassogne after mid-air collision with SG-53 on 14 Jun 1949.
SG-73 NH720 Dec 1948 Jul 1951 SG-73/UR-A, crashed at Mellet-Liberchies on 14 Jun 1951.
- SG-74 NH780 Dec 1948 Oct 1954 SG-74/GE-R, /YL-P, scrapped
SG-75 NH797 Dec 1948 Oct 1954 SG-75/MN-N, /IQ-L, scrapped
- SG-76 RM917 Dec 1948 Oct 1953 SG-76/IQ-T, crashed at Grande-Synthe (F.) after mid-air collision with SG-125.
SG-77 MV263 Dec 1948 Aug 1950 SG-77/IQ-T, crashed on take off from Koksijde on 18 Jul 1950 due to engine problems.
SG-78 RM703 Dec 1948 Oct 1952 SG-78/UR-E, /GV-E, written off in a ground collision with SG-14/GV-R at beauvechain on 08 Sep1952
- SG-79 TZ166 Dec 1948 Sep 1950 SG-79/UR-D, crashed at Houtain-le-Val on 20 Sep 1950, Cause never determined.
SG-80 MV382 Dec 1948 Jul 1952 SG-80/MN-T, /GV-T, /GV-S, crashed at Beauvechain on 20 Jul 1952 (irrecoverable inverted spin)
SG-81 TZ127 Jan 1949 Mar 1950 SG-81/IQ-E, crashed at Veurne on 6 Feb 1950.
SG-82 RM037 Jan 1949 Aug 1951 SG-82/YL-A, /IQ-W, crashed at De Panne on 23 Jun 1951
SG-83 RM820 Jan 1949 Apr 1954 SG-83/MN-E, /IQ-C, Not repaired after an accident at Koksijde in 6 Oct 1953.
SG-84 NH857 Jan 1949 Oct 1954 NH857/3R-O, SG-87/3R-O, scrapped.
SG-85 TZ193 Jan 1949 Oct 1954 SG-85/IQ-X, /IQ-Y, scrapped
SG-86 RM863 Jan 1949 Oct 1954 SG-86/UR-H, /IQ-H, scrapped.
SG-87 NH807 Jan 1949 Jun 1954 SG-87/IQ-N , /IQ-O (to be confirmed), scrapped
SG-88 TX989 Feb 1949 Oct 1950 SG-88/GE-C, /3R-P, Destroyed on fire while being cleaned at Florennes on 14 Aug 1950.
SG-89 TZ111 Feb 149 Mar 152 SG-89/MN-M, /IQ-G, crashed at De Moeren, belly landing after engine failure on 6 Mar 1952.
SG-90 MV369 Feb 1949 Jun 1949 SG-90/3R-D, crashed at Florennes upon landing on 28 Mar 1949
SG-91 NH775 Feb 149 Nov 1951 SG-91/3R-D, /YL-G, crashed at Fassberg (D.) on 14 Sep 1951, used for fire-fighting practice at Evere.
SG-92 RM938 Feb 1949 Jun 1949 SG-92/IQ-. , crashed at Lombardsijde on 8 Apr 1949 due to structural failure.
SG-93 NH863 Mar 1949 Aug 1953 SG-93/MN-Q, /GV-Q, /IQ-O, crashed at Merkem after mid-air collision with SG-95 on 3 Aug 1953.
SG-94 NH894 Mar 1949 Oct 1954 SG-94/MN-L, /IQ-L, B2-M, scrapped
SG-95 MV383 May 194 Aug 1953 SG-95/3R-D, /GV-G, /IQ-N, crashed at Merkem after mid-air collision with SG-93 on 3 Aug 1953.
SG-98 NH831 May 1949 Nov 1950 NH831/UR-E (SG-98), crashed at Wulpen on 17 May 1950 (engine problems)
SG-99 MV312  Jun 1949 Sep 1949 SG-99, crashed at Flavion on 23 Sep 1949 after a mid-air collision with SG-100.
  SG-100 RM784  Jun 1949   Sep 1949 SG-100, crashed at Flavion on 23 Sep 1949 after a mid-air collision with SG-99
SG-101 NH922  Jul 1949 Oct 1954 SG-101, scrapped. 
SG-102 RN116 Jul 1949 Apr 1954 SG-102/3R-C, /IQ-C, Accident at Koksijde on 1 Jun 1953.
SG-103 MV265 Jan 1951 Oct 1952 SG-103/8S-E, IQ-N, written off at Chièvres on 9 Oct 1952, used for fire-fighting  training at Chièvres.
SG-104 MV261 Jan 1951 Oct 1954 SG-104/IQ-N, scrapped.
SG-105 NH741 Jan 1951 Jun 1954 SG-105/IQ-R, scrapped.
SG-106 RM674 Mar 1951 Jul 1951 SG-106/IQ-Z, accident at Brustem on 11 Jul 1951.
SG-107 RM700 Jan 1951 Oct 1954 SG-107/UR-O, -YL-U, scrapped.
SG-108 NH904 Nov 1950 Oct 1954 SG-108/IQ-V, B2-K, Stored at Oostende, G-FIRE, N8118J W2-P, N114BP, Minnesota's Planes of Fame East Museum, Palm Springs Air Museum.
- SG-109 RM707 Jan 1951 Jan 1953 SG-109, accident during test flight at Gosselies on 19 Dec 1952, not repaired and scrapped
- SG-110 RM879 Jan 1951 May 1954 SG-110 IQ-U/I (?), accident at Koksijde on 4 Mar 1954, not repaired.
SG-111 RM918 Jan 1951 Sep 1952 SG-111/IQ-E, crashed after mid-air collision with SG-29 at Oudenkapelle/Diksmuide on 12 Sep 1952
SG-112 MV267 Aug 1950 May 1954 SG-112/B2-J, /IQ-Y, written off in belly landing at Mardijck (F.) on 10 May 1954.
- SG-113 NH658 Aug 1950 Apr 1954 SG-113/IQ-M, scrapped.
SG-114 NH690 Aug 1950 Apr 1954 SG-114/GV-R, /IQ-P, scrapped.
SG-115 NH702 Aug 1950 Jun 1954 SG-115/IQ-J, scrapped.
SG-116 NH710 Aug 1950 Apr 1954 SG-116/IQ-L, scrapped.
SG-117 RM790 Aug 1950 Oct 1954 SG-117/IQ-M, scrapped.
SG-118 RM972 Aug 1950 Mar 1954 SG-118/IQ-J, /IQ-M, scrapped.
SG-119 RM817 Aug 1950 Apr 1954 SG-119/IQ-R,Written off in ground collision with SG-61/I/Y
SG-120 NH838 Aug 1950 Jul 1954 SG-120/YL-P, /IQ-D, written off in an accident at Nieuwpoort on 11 June 1954.
SG-121 TZ142 Aug 1950 Oct 1954 SG-121/IQ-S, scrapped.
SG-122 SM829 Nov 1950 Apr 1954 SG-122/RA-A, IQ-V, scrapped.
SG-123 NH743 Nov 1950  May 1954 SG-123/YL-M, /8S-A, IQ-W, not repaired after accident at Koksijde on 5 May 1954, scrapped
SG-124 NH742 Nov 1950 Nov 1952 SG-124/IQ-B, not repaired after accident at Koksijde on 23 Oct 1952.
SG-126 RB165 Nov 1950 Aug 1952 SG-126/IQ-BB, scrapped.
SG-127 SM930 Nov 1950 Oct 1954 SG-127/8S-x, /IQ-Z, /B2-L, Cat.3 accident on 6 Mat 1954 and not repaired, scrapped.
SG-128 NH789 Nov 1950 Aug 1952 SG-128/IQ-G, crashed at Avelgem on 11 Aug 1952.
SG-129 NH918 Nov 1950 Apr 1954 SG-129/8S-., /B2-P, scrapped
SG-130 TX992 Nov 1950 Jun 1952 SG-130/IQ-R, written off after belly landding at Longviller (F.) on 10 Jun 1952.
SG-131 MV359 Nov 1950 Apr 1954 SG-131/IS-S, /B2-O, scrapped.
SG-132 TZ174 Nov 1950 Apr 1952 SG-132/8S-G, written off after a belly landing at Gottinies on 8 Apr 1952.






Last updated 10/10/19 07:23   Daniel Brackx