Koptekst 2

Supermarine Spitfire LF.16

Single engine single seat fighter

 

    At the end of World War II, two RAF fighter squadrons composed almost solely of Belgian pilots (N°s 349 and 350 Squadrons) were equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVI (later this designation would become LF.16). When Belgium created its own independent air arm (still called Militaire Vliegwezen - Aviation Militaire) in October 1946 twenty seven of these LF.16 Spitfires were taken over on 'temporarily loan" from the RAF pending the delivery of the Griffon powered Spitfire F.14 fighters which were ordered by the Belgian Government.

    Already as early as March 1946, many of the Spitfire LF-16's of both Squadrons had their RAF roundels replaced by Belgian ones although these aircraft were never Belgian owned. The 27 Spit LF16s transferred to Belgian on loan, never were attributed Belgian serial numbers, instead maintaining the RAF registrations. In function of the deliveries of Spit Mark 14's, the Packard Merlin powered LF.16 were returned individually to the United Kingdom. The last of these machines was being transferred in March 1948.

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RW344

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Feb 1947

History

RW344/MN_A, written off in landing accident at Beauvechain on 01 Feb 1947, not returned to RAF.

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SL596

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Aug 1947

History

SL596 (RAF), SL596/MN- ., SL596/GE-Z, returned to the RAF and scrapped

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TB348

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1948

History

TB348/MN-., returned to the RAF and scrapped.

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TB373

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1947

History

TB737/GE-N, crashed at Beauvechain on 16 Jan 1947

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TB386

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1948

History

TB386 (RAF), TB-386/MN-B, returned to the RAF and scrapped.

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TB622

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Nov 1947

History

TB622/GE-., returned to the RAF and scrapped.

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TB709

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Fate Unknown

History

TB709/MN-D, crashed while serving with 350 Sqn, fate unknown, not returned to RAF.

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TB748

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Oct 1946

History

TB748/MN-., crashed on 30 Oct 1946, returned to RAF.

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TB866

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1948

History

TB866/GE-Q (RAF), TB748/MN-Q, returned to the RAF and scrapped

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TB867

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Aug 1947

History

TB867/MN-G, returned to the RAF and scrapped.

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TB868

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Aug 1947

History

TB868/MN-V, returned to RAF.

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TB892

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Aug 1947

History

TB892/MN-W, returned to the RAF and scrapped

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TB991

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Feb 1947

History

TB991 (RAF), TB991/GE-G, GE-L "Liège", Accident at Beauvechain on 03 Feb 1947, Uneconomical to repair, not returned to RAF.

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TD140

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Sep 1947

History

TD140 (RAF), TD140/GE-X 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, to Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TD140/GE-K, returned to RAF and scrapped

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TD184

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Sep 1947

History

TD184 (RAF), TD-184/GE-R, "Suzy", returned to RAF and scrapped.

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TD188

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jul 1947

History

TD188/MN-L, returned to RAF.

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TD231

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Mar 1948

History

TD231 (RAF), TD231/MN-J, returned to the RAF, became instructional airframe 6538M of 4SOTT (RAF).

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TD237

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1948

History

TD237 (RAF), TD 237/GE-P, JE-J (Johnny Johnson code), GE-D bare metal, returned to RAF and scrapped.

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TD253

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Dec 1946

History

TD253/MN-Y, accident 04 Dec 1946

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TD281

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Nov 1947

History

TD281/MN-S, returned to RAF, instr. airframe 6540M at 4SoTT.

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TD325

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Dec 1946

History

TD325/MN-M, crashed at Meldert on 20 Dec 1946, not returned to RAF.

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TD348

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Aug 1947

History

TD348/ GE-E, /GE-N, returned to RAF.

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TD372

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jul 1947

History

TD372 (RAF), 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, to Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TD372/GE-B "Molly", returned to RAF in Jul 1947.

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TE119

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jul 1947

History

TE119/GE-H, /(MN)-H "Mady", Returned to RAF and scrapped in the UK after aciident.

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TE274

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1948

History

TE274/GE-K, returned to RAF.

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TE284

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Dec 1947

History

TE284/GE-T, returned to RAF, To Greek Air Force.

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TE444

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

May 1947

History

TE444 (RAF), 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, to Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TE444/GE-P, not returned to RAF after accident on 8 May 1947.

RAF aircraft having worn Belgian roundels in the Spring/Summer of 1946

TB137/MN-K,  TB-252/MN-J,  TB356/MN-Z,  TB492/GE-,  TB590/R.d.V,  TB755/GE-, TB866/MN-Q,  TB900/GE-D "Winston Churchill",  TB906/GE-V "Helen",  TB910/GE-J "Bertje",

TD124/MN-E,  TD281/MN-S,  TD288/GE-W,  TD339/GE-T "Denise",  TE191/GE-G "Stad Gent".

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