Supermarine Spitfire LF.16

 

 

Supermarine Spitfire LF.16 TB991/GE-L

 

 

Supermarine Spitfire LF.16

Single engine single seat fighter

 

 

  At the end of World War II, two RAF fighter squadrons composed almost solely of Belgian pilots (N°s 349 and 350 Squadrons) were equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVI (later this designation would become LF.16). When Belgium created its own independent air arm (still called Militaire Vliegwezen - Aviation Militaire) in October 1946 twenty seven of these LF.16 Spitfires were taken over on 'temporarily loan" from the RAF pending the delivery of the Griffon powered Spitfire F.14 fighters which were ordered by the Belgian Government. Already as early as March 1946 many of these LF-16's acquired Belgian roundels but they never were attributed Belgian serial numbers, instead maintaining the RAF registrations. In function of the deliveries of Spit Mark 14's, the Packard Merlin powered LF.16 were returned individually to the United Kingdom. The last of these machines was returned in March 1948.


27 Aircraft obtained by the Belgian Air Force on loan from the RAF pending arrival of the Spitfire F.14
Picture  Serial Date In Date Out History
RW344 Oct 1946 Feb 1947 RW344/MN_A, written off in landing accident at Beauvechain on 01 Feb 1947, not returned to RAF.
SL596 Oct 1945 Aug 1947 SL596 (RAF), SL596/MN- ., SL596/GE-Z, returned to the RAF and scrapped
- TB348 Oct 1946 Jan 1948 TB348/MN-., returned to the RAF and scrapped.
- TB373 Oct 1946 Jan 1947 TB737/GE-N, crashed at Beauvechain on 16 Jan 1947
TB386 Oct 1946 Jan 1948 TB386 (RAF), TB-386/MN-B, returned to the RAF and scrapped.
- TB622 Oct 1946 Nov 1947 TB622/GE-., returned to the RAF and scrapped.
- TB709 Oct 1946 fate unknown TB709/MN-D, crashed while serving with 350 Sqn, fate unknwon, not returned to RAF.
- TB748 Oct 1946 Oct 1946 TB748/MN-., crashed on 30 Oct 1946, returned to RAF.
TB866 Oct 1946 Jan 1948 TB866/GE-Q (RAF), TB748/MN-Q,  returned to the RAF and scrapped
TB867 Oct 1946 Aug 1947 TB867/MN-G, returned to the RAF and scrapped.
TB868 Oct 1946 Aug 1947 TB868/MN-V, returned to RAF.
TB892 Oct 1946 Aug 1947 TB892/MN-W, returned to the RAF and scrapped
TB991 Oct 1946 Feb 1947 TB991 (RAF), TB991/GE-G, GE-L "Liège", Accident at Beauvechain on 03 Feb 1947, Uneconomical to repair, not returnd to RAF.
TD140 Oct 1946 Sep 1947 TD140 (RAF), TD140/GE-X 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, to Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TD140/GE-K, returned to RAF and scrapped
TD184 Oct 1946 Sep 1947 TD184 (RAF), TD-184/GE-R, "Suzy", returned to RAF and scrapped.
TD188 Oct 1946 Jul 1947 TD188/MN-L, returned to RAF.
TD231 Oct 1946 Mar 1948 TD231 (RAF), TD231/MN-J, returned to the RAF, became instructional airframe 6538M of 4SOTT (RAF).
TD237 Oct 1946 Jan 1948 TD237 (RAF), TD 237/GE-P, JE-J (Johnny Johnson code), GE-D bare metal, returned to RAF and scrapped.
TD253 Oct 1946 Dec 1946 TD253/MN-Y, accident 04 Dec 1946
TD281 Oct 1946 Nov 1947 TD281/MN-S, returned to RAF, instr. airframe 6540M at 4SoTT.
TD325 Oct 1946 Dec 1946 TD325/MN-M, crashed at Meldert on 20 Dec 1946, not returned to RAF.
TD348 Oct 1946 Aug 1947 TD348/ GE-E, /GE-N, returned to RAF.
TD372 Oct 1946 Jul 1947 TD372 (RAF), 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, to Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TD372/GE-B "Molly", returned to RAF in Jul 1947.
TE119 Oct 1946 Jul 1947 TE119/GE-H, /(MN)-H "Mady", Returned to RAF and scrapped in the UK after aciident.
TE274 Oct 1046 Jan 1948 TE274/GE-K, returned to RAF.
TE284 Oct 1946 Dec 1947 TE284/GE-T, returned to RAF, To Greek Air Force.
TE444 Oct 1946 May 1947 TE444 (RAF), 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, to Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TE444/GE-P, not returned to RAF after accident on 8 May 1947.
 
RAF aircraft having worn Belgian roundels in the Spring/Summer of 1946
Picture  Serial Date In RAF (Belgian) Sq Date Out RAF (Belgian) Sq History
Aircraft not transferred on laon to the Belgian Air Force
TB137 Jan 1946  Oct 1946 (?) TB137 (RAF), TB137/MN-K, remained at RAF Fassberg - returned to the RAF and scrapped
TB252 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TB-252 (RAF), TB-252/MN-J "Mimie", 151 RU (RAF), 61 OTU (RAF), 33MU (RAF), Leuchars gate Guardian, Bentley Priory Gate Guardian as GW-H, Stored Audley End.
TB356 Jan 1946 Jun 1946 TB356/MN-Z, accident Fassberg 26 Jun 1946, to UK for repairs.
TB480 Aug 1946 Oct 1946 TB480/GE-Y, SOC with RAF
TB590 Feb 1946 Oct 1946 TB590/R.d V. personal aircraft of Wing Co Daniel de Roy du Vivier, to 3-8S (A d.A)
TB900 Apr 1945 Oct 1946 TB900 (RAF), TB911/GE-D "Winston Churchill", Painted overall silver, Crashed at Sylt (D.) in May 1946
TB906 Apr 1945 Oct 1946  TB906 (RAF), TB-906/GE-V,  returned to RAF.
TB910 Apr 1945 Oct 1946 TB910(RAF) TB910/GE-J "Bertje", Crashed at Wunstorf (D) on 19 Jun 1946
TD124 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TD124/MN-E, crashe at Darup on 5 Oct 1946.
TD140 Apr 1945 Oct 1946 TD140 (RAF), TD140/GE-X 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, TD140/GE-K (349 Sq BAF), returned to RAF and scrapped
TD188 Oct 1946 Oct 1946 TD188/MN-L, returned to RAF.
TE191 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TE191/GE-G "Stad Gent", returned to RAF.
Aircraft later transferred to the Belgian Air Force on loan pending the arrival of the Spitfire XIV on order. (SEE ABOVE)
see above SL596 Oct 1945 Oct 1946 SL596 (RAF), SL596/MN- ., SL596/GE-Z, returned to the RAF and scrapped
see above TB866 Apr 1946 Oct 1948 TB866/GE-Q (RAF), TB748/MN-Q,  returned to the RAF and scrapped
see above TB867 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TB867/MN-G, returned to the RAF and scrapped.
see above TB892 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TB892/MN-W, returned to the RAF and scrapped
see above TD184 Apr 1945 Oct 1946 TD184 (RAF), TD-184/GE-R, "Suzy", returned to RAF and scrapped.
see above TD237 Oct 1946 Oct 1946 TD237 (RAF), TD 237/GE-P, JE-J (Johnny Johnson code), GE-D bare metal, returned to RAF and scrapped.
see above TD253 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TD253/MN-Y, accident 04 Dec 1946
see above TD281 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TD281/MN-S, returned to RAF, instr. airframe 6540M at 4SoTT.
see above TD325 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TD325/MN-M, crashed at Meldert on 20 Dec 1946, not returned to RAF.
see above TD348 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TD348/ GE-E, /GE-N, returned to RAF.
see above TD372 Jun 1945 Oct 1946 TD372 (RAF), 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, to Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TD372/GE-B "Molly", returned to RAF in Jul 1947.
see above TE119 Jan 1946 Oct 1946 TE119/ GE-H, /(MN)-H "Mady", Returned to RAF and scrapped in the UK after aciident.
see above TE444 Aug 1946 Oct 1946 TE444 (RAF), 349 (Belg) Sq RAF, o Belg A.F. in Oct 1946 as TE444/GE-P, not returned to RAF after accident on 8 May 1947.

 

 

 

 

 

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