Spitfire Mk Vb AB910 & EN951

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Spitfire Vb AB910 IRG

AB910 Spitfire Mk 5b

5b Vb Spitfire AB910

Spitfire Mk Vb EN951 RFD

Spitfire Mk Vb RFD EN951

Spitfire Mk 5c

This Spitfire Mk Vb is probably most popularly remembered for an incident on Valentines Day 1945. A WAAF fitter, LACW Margaret Horton, was acting as ground ballast, sitting on the tail plane, whilst the Spitfire taxied out for take off.

Unfortunately, the pilot, unaware of her presence, on reaching the end of the runway, applied full power and took off with her clutching on ever more tightly.

The Spitfire, LACW Horton and the pilot, Flt.Lt Cox DFC all survived the circuit and landing. LACW Horton still remembers Valentines Day 1945.

AB910, a Mk Vb Spitfire, has several kills to its name and served operationally, with distinction,for almost four years of the war.

Spitfire AB910 which is operated by Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is shown here with two different registrations and colour schemes.