Supermarine Spitfire F(R).14

 

 

Supermarine Spitfire F(R.).14 SG-108/IQ-V

 

 

 

 

Supermarine Spitfire F(R).14

Single engine single seat fighter

 

 

  Immediately post World War II, the Belgian Air Force planned the creation of two daytime fighter wings (Wing “A" and "B") consisting each of two Squadrons of 16 Spitfire fighters. Because the RAF wanted Belgium to return the 24 Spitfire LF.16 which equipped N°s 349 and 350 Squadrons in 1946, an order was placed for the delivery of 100 Rolls Royce Griffon powered Spitfire F(R).14 fighters. All these former RAF machines were delivered between April 1947 and July 1949 (one aircraft, SG-39, was refused because it was not found to be in an acceptable state while a second machine (MV360) crashed during delivery - both aircraft were replaced later on). In the framework of the Western Union Treaty 30 additional attrition replacement Spitfires were ordered and also 2 fighters to replace those mentioned above.  A total of 132 Spitfire F(R).14 fighters were used by 10 Squadrons while three additional non-flying machines were delivered as instructional airframes for the Technical School at Saffraanberg (and Tongeren). The Mark 14 (in post-war Belgium the designation in Arabic numbers was used instead of the wartime Roman numbers) came with two distinct cockpit versions, the classic "Malcolm hood" and the "Bubble hood" while some aircraft had the reconnaissance window (therefore the FR designation in some cases) and others not. However the recce capability was never used in Belgium. The Spit F(R).14 was a very demanding aircraft to fly, but once tamed the machine was certainly to be considered as one of the best propeller driven fighters of its time. The Belgian Spitfire F(R).14 served with the following Squadrons: N°s 349 and 350 Squadrons of the 1st Wing at Beauvechain, N°s 1, 2, and 3 Squadrons of the 2nd Wing at Florennes, N°s 23, 27 and 31 Squadrons of the 10th Wing at Chièvres and the Fighter School based at Koksijde. Soon after the delivery of the first jet powered Meteor F.4 and F.8 the Spitfires were faced out of operational service and only remained as trainers at the Fighter School until 1954. The majority of the Belgian Spit 14's were scrapped and only four were preserved for posterity. (Daniel Brackx)  


Picture  Serial RAF Date In Date Out History
SG-1 NH655 Apr 1947 Sep 1954 SG-1/GE-A, /UR-T, scrapped.
SG-2 RB166 Apr 1947 Aug 1947 SG-2/GE-B (attributed but never worn), Crashed at Beauvechain on 21 May 1947 because of engine probllems on take off.
SG-3 RM916 Apr 1947 Apr 1950 SG-3/GE-A, UR-M, /IQ-J, crashed at Bray-Dunes (F.) on 22 Feb 1950.
SG-4 MV248 Apr 1947 Sep 1954 SG-4/IQ-O, /B2-H, scrapped.
SG-5 RB163 Apr 1947 Sep 1954 SG-5/GE-Z, /GE-O, /IQ-E, instructional airframe at the Technical School of Saffraanberg, scrapped
SG-6 RM701 May 1047 May 1954 SG-6/GE-E, scrapped.
SG-7 RN121 May 1947 Apr 1951 SG-7/3R-G, crashed at Yvoir after mid-air collision with SG-52/3R-V on 15 Mar 1951.
SG-8 NH654 Apr 1947 Feb 1951 SG-8/GE-P, -UR-O, written off in belly landing following engine failure at Florennes on 27 Oct 1950
SG-9 SM938 Jun 1947 Jun 1950 SG-9/GE-P, /(IQ)-"S", crashed at Francorchamps on 12 May 1950.
SG-10 RM768 Jun 1947 Jul 1954 SG10/GE-D, /UR-P, /IQ-G, scrapped.
SG-11 RM672 Jun 1947 Oct 1954 SG-11/GE-T, /3R-T, /IQ-C, crashed at Lammersdorf (D.) on 5 Aug 1954.
SG-12 RM870 Jul 1947 Feb 1950 SG-12/MN-H, IQ-Z, written off in accident at Koksijde on 5 Jan 1950.
SG-13 RB154 Jul 1947 Apr 1952 SG-13/MN-K, /GE-E, IQ-V, crashed at Audinghen (F.) on 1 Apr 1952. Fuselage to Fire Fighting Dept at Koksijde, one wing to SG-55 (KLM/MRA).
SG-14 RM726 Jul 1947 May 1953 SG-14/GE-H, /UR-R, GV-R, not repaired after Cat.3 accident at Koksijde on 27 Feb 1953.
SG-15 RM685 Jul 1947 Apr 1954 SG-15/GE-Z, /UR-B, /IQ-B, ground collision at Koksijde on 27 Feb 1953, not repaired.
SG-17 RM935 Sep 1947 Dec 1952 SG-17/(MN)-V, /MN-V, /IQ-E, UR-, scrapped.
SG-19 RN206 Sep 1947 May 1954 SG-19/YL-A, /YL-M, 8S-S(?), B2-S, scrapped.
SG-20 NH712 Sep 1947 Sep 1948 NH712/(MN)-O, (SG-20) crashed at Glabbeek/Attenrode-Wever after engine failure on 16 Jan 1948.
SG-21 RM676 Oct 1947 Apr 1948 RM676/(MN)-C, (SG-21), crashed at Beauvechain on 19 Feb 1948 due to engine failure.
SG-22 RM791 Oct 1947 Sep 1954 SG-22/IQ-C, /YL-R, /IQ-O, scrapped.
SG-23 RM679 Oct 1947 Apr 1948 RM679/(MN)-F (SG-23), written off in ground collision with SG-20 at Beauvechain on 24 Nov 1947.
SG-24 RM876 Nov 1947 Feb 1951 SG-24/(3R)-B, /UR-B, IQ-B, crashed at Wulpen-Booitshoeke on 27 Deec 1959 due to engine problems.
SG-25 RM927 Nov 1947 Sep 1954 SG-25/3R-A, /IQ-W, stored at scrapdealer De Wachter at Oostende, restored Chicago, Biggin Hill  (U.K.) awaiting restoration to flying condition.
SG-26 NH643 Jan 1948 April 1952 SG-26/IQ-R, /GV-J, crashed at Lamine/Remicourt on 10 Apr 1952.
SG-27 RB161 Jan 1948 Jun 1952 SG-27/MN-P, /IQ-O, crashed at St. Pieters Kapelle on 31 Jul 1952.
SG-28 RM787 Jan 1948  Apr 1948 RM787/(MN)-E, (SG-28), crashed at Beauvechain on 17 Mar 1948.
SG-29 RN113 Jan 1948 Nov 1952 SG-29/MN-O, /UR-F, /IQ-A, scrapped.
SG-30 MV288 Jan 1948 Aug 1951 SG-30/IQ-K, /IQ-J, crashed at Koksijde on 10 Aug 1951.
SG-31 RN201 Feb 1948 Nov 1950 SG-31/MN-L, /YL-B, crashed at Florennes due to engine problems on 5 Oct 1950. Gate Guardian at Beauvechain, G-BSKP, N201TB (in flying condition)
SG-32 RM759 Feb 1948 Apr 1954 SG-32/GE-M, /YL-G, scrapped.
SG-33 TZ137 Feb 1948 Apr 1950 SG-33/MN-B, /YL-N, crashed at Bois du Gros Frene/Lotenne on 29Mar 1950 after a mid-air collision with SG-74.
SG-34 MV381 Mar 1948 Sep 1954 SG-34/GE-B, /MLD,, scrapped.
SG-35 RM770 Mar 1948 Jul 1951 SG-35/MN-G, YL-F, destroyed in fatal accident at Vitrival on 5 Jun 1951.
SG-36 MV302 Mar 1948 Sep 1954 SG-36/UR-A, /UR-G, IQ-K, Scrapped.
SG-37 RM860 Apr 1947 Mar 1949 SG-37/UR-C, ground collision with SG-46 at Koksijde on 14 Jan 1949. Fuselage to Saffraanberg Technical School.  and one wing to Royal Army museum's SG-55.
SG-38 RM764 Mar 1948 Feb 1952 SG-38/(MN)-A, GE-A, GV-A, Fatal accident at Bois de Beausart on 24 Feb 1952.
- SG-39 MV256 Mar 1948 Oct 1948 SG-39, aircraft refused by the Belgian Air Force because of damaged in the cockpit.
 -REPLACED BY ANOTHER AIRCRAFT-
SG-40 RB186 Apr 1948 Jun 1951 SG-40/GE-N, /YL-S, written off in an accident at Florennes on 22 Jun 1951.
SG-47 RN117 Jun1948 Aug 1951 SG-47/UR-E, UR-M, IQ-M. Crashed at Koksijde on 09 Aug 1951.
SG-57 RM921 Aug 1948 Nov 1951 SG-54/UR-N, /YL-N, Gate Guardian at Florennes aibase ar "RL-D", on display at the Spitfire Museum at Florennes.
SG-61 RM822 Sep 1948 Apr 1954 SG-61/UR-A, /IQ-Y, scrapped
SG-64 TZ192 Oct 1948 Nov 1952 SG-64/IQ-F, Fatal crash at Saffraanberg on 23 Oct 1952.
SG-66 RM705 Oct 1948 Mar 1953 SG-66/MN-V, /GV-V, /IQ-Q, written off in accident at Raversijde on 24 Mar 1953.
SG-80 MV382 Dec 1948 Jul 1952 SG-80/MN-T, /GV-T, /GV-S, crashed at beauvechain on 20 Jul 1952 (irrecoverable inverted spin)
SG-83 RM820 Jan 1949 Apr 1954 SG-83/MN-E, /IQ-C, Not repaired after an accident at Koksijde in 6 Oct 1953.
SG-94 NH894 Mar 1949 Oct 1954 SG-94/MN-L, /IQ-L, B2-M, scrapped
SG-105 NH741 Jan 1951 Jun 1954 SG-105/IQ-R, scrapped.
SG-108 NH904 Nov 1950 Oct 1954 SG-108/IQ-V, B2-K, Stored at Oostende, G-FIRE, N8118J W2-P, N114BP, Minnesota's Planes of Fame East Museum, Palm Springs Air Museum.
SG-115 NH702 Aug 1950 Jun 1954 SG-115/IQ-J, scrapped.
SG-122 SM829 Nov 1950 Apr 1954 SG-122/RA-A, IQ-V, scrapped.
SG-126 RB165 Nov 1950 Aug 1952 SG-126/IQ-BB, scrapped.

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated 18/04/17 16:40   Daniel Brackx

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