s/n MH415 Reg: G-AVDJ (Former FAA N415MH) // GBP £3,750,000 UK VAT Paid
s/n MH415 Reg: G-AVDJ (Former FAA N415MH)
GBP £3,750,000 UK VAT Paid
1943 Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire Mk L.F. IX
Built for the RAF, MH415 rolled off the Vickers-Armstrong production line in Castle Bromwich during the summer of 1943. This Spitfire commenced Operational Service with 129 (Mysore) Squadron at Hornchurch in August 1943 and coded DV*G and flown regularly by Sqn Ldr Gonay and Sqn Ldr Tripe. On 4 September 1943, it is reported to have Damaged a Bf-109 whilst being flown by Sqn Ldr H. Gonay DFC and on 24 September 1943, it is reported to have shot-down and Destroyed an Fw-190 whilst being flown by Flg Off D. F. Ruchwaldy DFC, DFM, North West of Amiens, France. MH415 then transferred to 222 (Natal) Squadron and coded ZD*E during October 1943 where she was flown by a variety of pilots. On 2 January 1944, MH415 transferred to the Air Fighting Developing Unit at RAF Wittering and then on 28 September 1944, joined 126 (Persian Gulf) Squadron at Bradwell Bay, Essex. Soon thereafter, MH415 was transferred to various Maintenance Units (MU) until war’s end.
Post war years saw MH415 sold to the Dutch Government and she, along with stable-mate MH434 was shipped to the Dutch East Indies where she served from 22 December 1947 as H-108 and later H-65 with 322 Sqn RNAF until 2 November 1949.
Sold to the Belgium company COGEA in June 1956 and registered as OO-ARD, she commenced duties with the company who had target-towing contracts with the Belgium and NATO armies. In 1961, MH415 was leased to a film company and starred in the epic movie The Longest Day. Purchased by Rousseau Aviation of France, she appeared at several airshows in both the UK and Europe.
Sold again in 1966 to Gp Capt H. Mahaddie for the now legendary and epic movie The Battle of Britain (1968). Much is published on various forums and is not repeated here! At the end of filming MH415 was acquired by the movie’s Chief Stunt Pilot, Wilson “Connie” Edwards of Big Spring, Texas, USA. “Connie” shipped 415 along with 13 Spanish built “109s” to his Ranch at Big Spring where they spent the next 46 years in dry-storage. During that period, “Connie” flew 415 approximately 50 hours during the early 1970s and then parked the Spitfire in his Barn.
In the early Summer of 2014, “Connie” engaged Platinum Fighter Sales to sell his beloved Battle of Britain movie collection, including Spitfire MH415. After 46 years in the warm, dry Texas climate, MH415 was sold to consortium of investors and shipped to Pay’s Air Service of Scone, NSW, Australia.
Vintage Fighter Restorations (a division of Pay’s Air Service) completely disassembled the aircraft and undertook a 100 point restoration to the highest standard over a five year period. With eventual ‘G’ registration in mind, all original British hardware has been utalised, along with the fitting of new wing spars. On completion, MH415 was shipped to Air Leasing in the UK and placed on the G Registration with the UK CAA as G-AVDJ, with her first post-restoration flight taking place in April 2021.
This iconic Spitfire is possibly the most original and authentic, privately owned Spitfire IX available for purchase. It is based in the UK and available for Inspection by appointment.
Sales may be subject to local Sales Tax / V.A.T. / G.S.T.
Aircraft maybe subject to prior sale, lease, and/or removal from the market without prior notice.
Specifications subject to verification upon inspection.
Photography By: Air to Air Photos - John Dibbs
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