Spitfire Mk XVI TE311

Chris Lord

New York, United States

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Shot this warbird in Sussex with the new Canon EOS 5DSR a 50mp full frame camera fitted with a 70-200 IS 2.8 lens and 2X teleconverter.

Spitfire Mk XVI TE311, the latest addition to the BBMF Memorial Flight fleet, is a low-back/bubble-canopy Spitfire with ‘clipped’ wingtips which improve low altitude manoeuvrability
After a painstaking re-build lasting 11 years the aircraft was returned to an immaculate and extremely authentic standard, and it took to the air again, for the first time in 58 years, on 19th October 2012.
TE311 is painted to represent Spitfire Mk XVIe TB675 ‘4D-V’ of No 74 Squadron, the personal aircraft of Squadron Leader AJ ‘Tony’ Reeves DFC, the Squadron’s Commanding Officer from the end of December 1944.
In March 1945, whilst based at Drope, just inside Germany, the Squadron received Spitfire XVIs, which it flew alongside its LFIXs, using them as fighter-bombers on armed-reconnaissance and close air support operations during the advance into Germany. The ground targets attacked by the Spitfires during the last months of the war were numerous and varied. These operations exposed the Spitfires and their pilots to extremely dangerous return fire from the ground – everything from deadly 88mm anti-aircraft guns to small arms fire.

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