Supermarine Spitfire The Backstory
Our SL633, which refers to the original RAF registration number, featured the elliptical design and power-to-weight ratio that made the LF Mark IXe a pilot’s dream to fly, a lethal fighter, and a delight to watch. It could take off and land on an airstrip or a patch of cornfield. It flew in turn for dogfights, escort missions, aerial performances, front-line defense, and combat training.
Though World War II was drawing to a close, the work of war wasn’t ending. Britain wanted to help the Czech Fighter Wing—part of the renowned RAF Squadron 312—equip a newly formed home base in Plana. The Brits extended a loan that enabled the Czechs to purchase, refurbish, and fly 54 Spitfires to the new base. Among the last batch of Spitfires produced at Castle Bromwich Factory, SL633 arrived at the RAF base in Manston, England, where it was re-assigned to the Czechoslovakian Air Force with the code DU-K and flown to Plana.