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        81 Squadron had the distinction of conducting the last Operational Sorties of  two significant WW2 RAF aircraft types - The Spitfire and the Mosquito.

    The last Operational Sortie of an RAF Spitfire was flown on April 1, 1954, from RAF Seletar, in Singapore, as part of Operation Firedog, during the Malayan Emergency. Mark 19 Spitfire, PS888, was piloted by Squadron Leader Swaby. The Battle Of Britain Flight has a Mark 19 Spitfire flying in the exact livery of PS888.

PS888 Before Final Flight. L/Rear Tex Baimbridge.R/Rear George Travers. Front/L F/L John Grant. Front /C Sq.Ldr Swaby. Front/R F/L Giddens.

PS888 After Final Flight.

PS888. "The Last"

 

 

    The last Operational Sortie of an RAF Mosquito was flown on December 15,1955 from RAF Seletar during Operation Firedog. Mark PR34 Mosquito, RG314, was piloted by Flying Officer Knox, with Flying Officer Thompson navigating.

   

RG314 Returning from last sortie.

F/O Knox on right and F/O Thompson

With Squadron Leader McCreith

Mission Accomplished

       81 SQUADRON AIRCRAFT THAT ARE STILL IN EXISTENCE:-

      After its final sortie, PS888, along with PS836 and PS890 was transferred to the Royal Thai Air Force. In 1961 PS890 was donated to the Planes Of Fame Museum in California. It was eventually renovated and took to the skies again in 2000, albeit with clipped wings and contra-rotating props. It was then purchased by a Frenchman and taken to Duxford for the wingtips to be added.

PS890 Low Level at Seletar

PS890 Nearing Completion 1999

Re-United after 50+ years at Duxford. Lf- G. Parkhouse, B.Rose, T.Wilkins.

PS890 Flies Again.

PS890 - 2009 - Single prop again.

PS836 Awaiting Renovation - Thailand 2007.

    An Aircraft Museum in Malta has an ex 81 Squadron Spitfire on display. It is a Mark IX and was flown by Wing Commander Berry in North Africa, in 1943:-

EN199 - Mk IX

EN199

    Canberra No. WH791 is on display at the Newark Air Museum in Notts:-

Canberra WH791

WH791 At RAF Tengah.

 

Prince William Wedding Fly Past, 2011, With The Mk XIX Spitfire From The BOB Memorial Flight Dressed In The Livery Of PS888 During Its Last Flight. "THE LAST" Can Be Seen On The Left Side Of The Engine.

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