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Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI LF

The Spitfire (ser. No.: TB752) is an original Mk XVI. Built at Castle Bromwich in 1944 she entered frontline service with 66 Sqdn and later served with 403 (Canadian) Sqdn.


The Spitfire (usually referred to by her serial number TB752) is an original Spitfire that saw combat with 403 Sqdn (RACF). During her wartime service, TB752 shot down 4 enemy aircraft, her final victory being a German He111 which she shot down on May 3rd 1945. Possibly the last enemy aircraft to be shot down suring the Second World War.

RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum,
The Airfield,
Manston Road,
CT12 5DF


The Supermarine Spitfire, designed by R.J. Mitchell, was the most produced British fighter of the Second World War. The design was so good that no less than 24 marks (types) of Spitfire were made during the War.

The Spitfire is the only British fighter plane to have seen continuous service throughout the entire Second World War. The Spitfire is also the first, all metal (they are predominantly made out of aluminium) fighter that was produced in Britain. During the Battle of Britain, Spitfires were specifically tasked with attacking German fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Events
  • KS2: Local History, Second World War, Forces, Mechanical Systems
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, Developments in Design and Technology, Materials and Components, Forces
  • KS4: Metals and Alloys



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