Belgian & Dutch Spitfire Mk Vs of the Royal Air Force

Spitfire Mk Vb BL450 was flown by F/L Yvan du Monceau de Bergendael (Belgium), an 8-kill ace with No 350 (Belgian) Squadron, in April 1942.

These profiles were made for Phil Listemann’s book Squadrons ! No. 30 – The Supermarine Spitfire Mk V – The Belgian & Dutch Squadrons, for which ten Spitfire Mk V profiles were commissioned. This was an opportunity to work on some interesting and unusual markings for RAF Spitfires. Although RAF policy was generally against any personal and unit markings, foreign pilots were understandably keen to adorn their aircraft with some form of reminder of their home country.

The same aircraft as seen in June 1942. The A-type roundels have been replaced by C-types and the scoreboard now sports another kill marking.



Spitfire Mk Vb BM230 was flown by P/O Gabriel Seydel (Belgium), No 350 (Belgian) Squadron, June 1942.



Spitfire Mk Vb BM354 ‘Malang’ flew with No 322 (Dutch) Squadron in 1943.



The Spitfire Mk Vb BM515 was called ‘Prinses Beatrix’ and flown by F/O Jan Plesman (Netherlands) of No 322 (Dutch) Squadron in 1943.

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