Temora Trip Part 3 – Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire MkVIII VH-HET, ex-RAAF A58-758 / MV239, painted as A58-602 “Grey Nurse”. At a time when World War 2 aircraft were pretty much worthless in Australia, Sid Marshall (of Marshall Airways at Bankstown NSW) managed to acquire a nice little collection – a Ki-43 Hayabusa, a Bf109 and two Spitfires.

When Sid died his collection was broken up, with the Hayabusa regrettably going  overseas, first to New Zealand and then to the USA. The Bf109 narrowly avoided illegal export, ending up in the Australian War Memorial collection at Canberra. Sid’s “prettier” Spitfire, MkVIII MV154, was illegally exported to Britain and restored to flying condition, and VH-HET was fortunately rescued, restored and flown by the late Col Pay at Scone. It now flies regularly at Temora, and bares its sharktoothed grin at foreign collectors.

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