Supermarine Spitfire of 452 Sqn
11 x 14in print or printed to order on canvas
During the dark days of the Battle of Britain, Australia came to the aid of 'the Mother Country' supplying raw materials and service personnel to defend the island nation from Hitler's relentless advances. The Royal Australian Air Force provided manpower to supplement the Royal Air Force's squadrons and, under Article XV of the Ottawa Agreement, formed RAAF squadrons equipped with British aircraft for integration into the RAF commands.
One such squadron was 452 Squadron, RAAF. It soon became the highest scoring squadron in Europe.
The aircraft depicted here, P7973, was flown by Australian Ace Flying Officer Keith 'Bluey' Truscott when he scored his first kill against the Luftwaffe downing a BF-109 during Operation Circus 68, the same mission that saw Squadron Leaders Douglas Bader shot down over France. Today, 452 Squadron RAAF is responsible for providing air traffic services at various ADF bases.
P7973 is currently on display in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and is said to be the world's only Spitfire that wears the same coats of paint that were applied during the war making it of great interest to historians and enthusiasts.
The image below is from the Australian War Memorial's website
the nose cowling, prop and spinner of the aircraft. (AWM RELAWM31795.001)