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-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-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-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-22 RM791 Oct 1947 Sep 1954 SG-22/IQ-C, /YL-R, /IQ-O, scrapped.
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-29 RN113 Jan 1948 Nov 1952 SG-29/MN-O, /UR-F, /IQ-A, scrapped.
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-35 RM770 Mar 1948 Jul 1951 SG-35/MN-G, YL-F, destroyed in fatal accident at Vitrival on 5 Jun 1951.
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-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 22/03/17 07:24   Daniel Brackx

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