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  Spitfire HF.VIII Serial Number A58-528  
RAAF
No. 452 Squadron (CRC)

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Jim Donohue 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Supermarine in the United Kingdom as model HF Mk. VIII (High Altitude Fighter) type 360. Delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as Spitfire serial number MT675. Disassembled and shipped as cargo aboard SS Lanarkshire arriving in Australia on July 27, 1944.

Wartime History
On July 27, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Spitfire serial number A58-528. On July 29, 1944 reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On September 11, 1944 assigned to 14 ARD reseve aircraft pool then to 14 ARD for fuel tank and coolant pipe repairs.

On December 26, 1944 assigned to No. 452 Squadron. Coded "CRC" rear of the fuselage roundel with a white spinner and black fuselage band. This aircraft was used by 80 Wing commander as reserve aircraft.

Mission History
In March 1945, Group Captain Caldwell led a detachment of five Spitfires (including this aircraft and Spitfire A58-603) plus Mosquito A52-505 and Mosquito A52-526 to Clark Field for comparative performance trials with captured Japanese fighters and bombers, although no trials appear to have taken place.

On or around May 3, 1945, this Spitfire crash landed at Clark Field and was written off and abandoned. On May 29, 1945 administratively assigned 9 Repair Salvage Unit (9 RSU). On July 12, 1945 converted to components. Ultimate fate unknown likley scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
RAAF Aircraft Status Card - Spitfire A58-528
ADF Serials - Spitfire A58-528
Thanks to Daniel Leahey for additional information

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September 9, 2020

 

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