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Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXc/e

Single engine single seat fighter

 

 

   In accordance to the “Anglo/Belgian Agreements” of December 4th, 1946, 28 Spitfire LF.IX fighters (SM-1 to SM-28) were acquired from wartime RAF surplus stocks. These aircraft were to provide advanced combat training for future fighter pilots. As of August 1947 the first of these aircraft entered service with the Advanced Flying School (VVS or EPA) at Brustem airbase.  Due to a high attrition rate (Belgium did not use two-seater Spitfire’s as did the Irish and Royal Netherlands Air Force) it was necessary to order some additional aircraft. An order for 18 secondhand Spitfires was signed with the LSK/Fokker of Holland. These machines which formerly were used in the Dutch-Indies received serials (SM-29 to SM-43) additionally 3 more aircraft were acquired (former KLu H-50, H-54 and H-58) which were in such a bad shape that they could only be used as spare part resource. Of these post war aircraft four served during WWII with 349 (Belgian) Squadron. The Spitfires were not attributed any tactical codes as they were purely used for training. For that purpose they were used at the Advanced Training School (VVS-EPA) at Brustem, the Fighter school at Koksijde and the Auxiliary Squadron at Beauvechain.  In 1952 the idea emerged briefly to create a demonstration team on Spitfire IX, but after an unfortunate accident this fell through.  After their Belgian military service, many Spitfires went on to become target tugs with the civilian company Cogea Nouvelle of Oostende.   Most of these Spits went on to have a film career (Battle of Britain, etc.) and quite interestingly the majority survived to this day. (Daniel Brackx)

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C/N

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SM-1

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Aug 1952

History

PL349 (RAF), SM-1, SOC Aug 1952

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C/N

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SM-2

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Jul 1950

History

MJ353 (RAF), SM2, fatal crash at Hoepertingen after mid-air collision with SM-15 on 17 May 1950

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C/N

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SM-3

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1949

History

RT887 (RAF), SM-3, destroyed in fire at Brustem on 11 Jul 1949

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C/N

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SM-4

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Jul 1949

History

PL190 (RAF), SM-4, crashed on atke off from Brustem due to engine failure on 24 Mar 1949

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C/N

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SM-5

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Feb 1952

History

TE520 (RAF), SM-5, Fatal crash at Tomveld (Brustem) on 14 Feb 1952

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C/N

4161

SM-6

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

May 1954

History

EN568 (RAF), Mk.V Spitfire modified into LF.IX, SM-6, scrapped.

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C/N

3565

SM-7

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Oct 1951

History

EN-123 (RAF), SM-7, Fatal crash at Sivry-Rance on 18 Jul 1951.

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C/N

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SM-8

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Mar 1949

History

PL149 (RAF), SM-8, written off in a field emergency landing at Beyne-Heusay on 16 Oct 1948.

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C/N

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SM-9

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Aug 1950

History

MJ421 (RAF), SM-9, fatal crash at Brustem on 4 Aug 1950.

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C/N

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SM-10

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1951

History

TA855 (RAF), SM-10, dived in the ground from high altitude at Sint-Truiden on 14 Dec 1951

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C/N

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SM-11

Date In

Sep 1947

Date Out

May 1954

History

MJ244 (RAF), SM-11, scrapped.

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C/N

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SM-12

Date In

Sep 1947

Date Out

Sep 1947

History

MH366 (RAF), SM-12 attributed but not worn, crashed on delivery at Etterbeek on 2 Sep 1947 due to engine problems.

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C/N

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SM-13

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Jan 1952

History

PT643 (RAF), SM-13, written off at Brustem airbase on 20 Jun1951, One wing recovered to repair SM-15.

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C/N

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SM-14

Date In

Nov1947

Date Out

May 1954

History

MJ332 (RAF), SM-14, scrapped.

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C/N

CBAF-IX-1301

SM-15

Date In

Feb 1948

Date Out

Jul 1951

History

MJ783 (RAF), SM-15, on display at the Rioyal Army Museum, Brussels as "MN-L", "MJ360/GE-B"

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C/N

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SM-16

Date In

May 1948

Date Out

Jan 1952

History

PT853 (RAF), SM-16, used in fire fighting exercise at Evere on 16 June 1952

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C/N

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SM-17

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

Sep 1953

History

PT644 (RAF), SM-17, Scrapped after a Cat.4 accident at Brustem on 8 Sep 1953

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C/N

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SM-18

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

May 1954

History

ML(RAF), SM-18, scrapped.

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C/N

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SM-19

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

Sep 1952

History

MJ482 (RAF), SM-19, fatal crash on 14 Jan 1952 at Kortenbos on first solo flight of student pilot.

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C/N

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SM-20

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

Sep 1952

History

PL224 (RAF), SM-20, Spitfire Team, crash landing after mid-air collision with SM-24 and SM-30 at Saffraanberg on 1 Sep 1952

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C/N

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SM-21

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

May 1954

History

MK557 (RAF), SM-21, scrapped

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C/N

-

SM-22

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Apr 1954

History

MJ559 (RAF), SM-22, written off in accident on 13 Sep 1952, intended as instruction airframe at Technical School of Saffraanberg but scrapped, wings to SM-29 Gate Guardian of school

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C/N

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SM-23

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Jun 1952

History

MJ617 (RAF), SM-23, fatal crash at Overrepen after mid-air collision with SM-26 on 25 Jun 1952

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C/N

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SM-24

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Aug 1953

History

MK777 (RAF), SM-24, Spitfire Team, written off in accident at Brustem on 20 Jul 1953.

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C/N

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SM-25

Date In

Nov 1948

Date Out

May 1954

History

TA836 (RAF), SM-25, scrapped.

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C/N

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SM-26

Date In

Nov 1948

Date Out

Jun 1952

History

PV189 (RAF), SM-26, Fatal crash at Overrepen on 25 Jun 1952, mid-air collision with SM-23.

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C/N

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SM-27

Date In

Nov 1948

Date Out

Nov 1951

History

RK851 (RAF), SM-27, Crashed at Quarreux-St-Aumont on 22 Nov 1951

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C/N

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SM-28

Date In

Nov 1948

Date Out

Jul 1951

History

MK153 (RAF), photo-recce window, SM-28, overturned at Brustem on 6 Mar 1951, used as spare parts resource at Fairey, Gosselies

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C/N

CBAF-IX-1875

SM-29

Date In

Jun 1952

Date Out

Apr 1954

History

MK912 (RAF), H119, H-59 (LSK - Nl.), SM-29, gate guard Saffraanberg, active at Biggin Hill (U.K.) as MK912/SH-L.

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C/N

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SM-30

Date In

Jun 1952

Date Out

Apr 1954

History

MH485 (RAF), H-102 (LSK), H-51,, SM-30, Spitfire Team, written off in crash at Brustem on 29 Apr 1953, scrapped.

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C/N

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SM-31

Date In

Jun 1952

Date Out

May 1954

History

MK205 (RAF), H-101 (LSK), H-52, SM-31, scrapped.

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C/N

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SM-32

Date In

Aug 1952

Date Out

Apr 1954

History

MH424 (RAF), H-106 (LSK), H-53, SM-32, Scrapped

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C/N

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SM-33

Date In

Oct 1952

Date Out

May 1954

History

MH439 (RAF), H-56, SM-33, fatal accident at Rivière-sur-Meuse on 13 Jan 1954.

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C/N

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SM-34

Date In

Aug 1952

Date Out

Apr 1954

History

MH309 (RAF), H-113, H-57, SM-34, scrapped after landing accident at Brustem on 8 Apr 1954.

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C/N

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SM-35

Date In

Jan 1953

Date Out

Apr 1954

History

MJ714 (RAF), H-117, H-67, SM-35, written off after landing accident on 19 Mar 1954.

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C/N

CBAF-IX-2200

SM-36

Date In

Jan 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

NH238 (RAF) H-103, H-60, SM-36, OO-ARE, N238V, EN-398/JE-J, G-MKIX, NH238/D-A, airworthy.

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C/N

CBAF-IX-1886

SM-37

Date In

Feb 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

MK923 (RAF), 5J-Z, H-104, H-61, SM-37, OO-ARF, N93081, NX521R, N521R, preserved at the Seattle Washington- Museum of Flight as MK923/5J-Z

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C/N

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SM-38

Date In

Mar 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

MH725 (RAF), H112, H-63, SM-38, scrapped.

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C/N

CBAF-IX-2161

SM-39

Date In

Apr 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

NH188 (RAF), DN-S, H-109 (LSK), H-64, SM-39, OO-ARC, CF-NUS, NH188/AU-H, Canadian National Museum, Rockcliffe (Canada)

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C/N

CBAF-IX-533

SM-40

Date In

Apr 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

MH415 (RAF), ZD-E, H-108, H-65, SM-40, OO-ARD, N415MH, as ZD-E, up for sale in Texas, USA (2015), Pays Air Service, Scone, Australia

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C/N

CBAF-IX-552

SM-41

Date In

Oct 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

MH434 (RAF), ZD-B, H-105, H-68, SM-41, OO-ARA, G-ASJV, airworthy

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C/N

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SM-42

Date In

Apr 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

MJ893 (RAF), H110, H-69, SM-42, crashed at Brustem on 5 May 1954 due to engine failure.

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C/N

CBAF-IX-1515

SM-43

Date In

Jun 1953

Date Out

May 1954

History

MK297 (RAF), H-116 (LSK), H-55, SM-43, OO-ARB, G-ASSD, NX9BL, N9BL, destroyed in hangar fire at Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) on 15 Feb 1993

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