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Permission granted by CAA and RAF for Spitfire MkIIb G-KOSC to wear her original military markings

Civil Aviation Authority and the Royal Air Force grant permission for Spitfire MkIIb G-KOSC to wear original military markings of 303 Squadron P8331 RF-M “Sumatra”

This permits the said aircraft to fly without bearing the nationality and registration marks assigned by the CAA on the registration of the aircraft. This is an Exemption from the UK Air Navigation Order only and if the aircraft should operate outside of the UK local Permission or exemption must be sought from the relevant aviation authority of any country to be flown over.

Bringing together all the required paperwork and permissions enables the restoration to pay homage in complete accuracy with every detail of the livery the aircraft was adorned with the day she was lost 27th June 1941. This will act as a tribute to her 303 Squadron heritage, where P8331’s roots and DNA lie.

P8331 was lost in the bloodiest period of fighter engagement during the war years in the summer of 1941, as the RAF and Allied forces attempted to push back the German forces from Northern France. The fighting then taking place over the channel and France posed a higher loss of life and recovery of downed pilots and crews.

We look forward to longer-term creating a Polish Memorial Flight in honour of the Polish Air Force and the 18,000 personnel who came to Great Britain in her hour of need as our first Allies and friends.

Supermarine Spitfire P8331 Sumatra

Image credit: © Will Jarman

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Scott Booth

Scott Booth

LSL Founder & Director. Having spent 9 years in the Royal Marines Commandos deploying on operational tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. Now working in the Medical Devices world as an International Business Development Manager for a British Orthopaedic Manufacturer.

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