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Battle of Britain Spitfire memory kept alive with new squadron

Volunteer Pete Hughes working on the first of 12 Spitfires, due to be completed in March

Volunteer Pete Hughes working on the first of 12 Spitfires, due to be completed in March

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An adventurous project is keeping alive the memory of the well-loved Spitfire – the plane which led the allies to victory in the Battle of Britain.

A new squadron of 12 is being built by a team of volunteers who are so enthusiastic about the idea that they are willing to pay up to £17,000 for a 1/12 share of an aircraft.

The planes will be a 10th smaller than the original Supermarine Mk-26B Spitfire used in the Second World War and the first craft is expected to be complete in March this year.

The Supermarine Spitfire, produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft, is renowned for its use in the Battle of Britain, and will for ever be linked to the Biggin Hill fighter station. Project leader Paul Fowler, from Enstone Flying Club in Oxfordshire, where the planes are being constructed, said: “The Spitfire is a beautiful looking aeroplane and it has the most graceful lines of any craft.

“I know an eight-year-old boy who is dotty about Spitfires – there is a whole new generation coming through who care about them.”

To build a full-size Spitfire would have cost around £1million whereas the 90 per cent version costs about £204,000.

Mr Fowler says the squadron will be fully mobile, and each plane will have its own volunteer ground-crew.

More helpers are needed for the project and most roles do not require experience or a large cash donation.

For more information see www.spitfireclub.co.uk.

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