The legendary Spitfire is without any doubt one of the most beautiful propeller-driven aircraft of the Second World War. Although the Dutch Spitfires had clipped wing-tips instead of the more elegant elliptical wing planform, it is the shapely lines of the single-seat fighter that make the heart of any aviation enthusiast beat faster. The Spitfire was designed by R.J.Mitchell as early as 1934. He was a brilliant aircraft designer who unfortunately died at the age of 42. The prototype made its maiden flight in 1936 and was powered by a 990-hp Merlin engine driving a two-blade propeller. Our Mk.IX has a 1720-hp Rolls-Royce Packard Merlin 224 engine and a four-blade propeller. In all, 20,351 Spitfires have been built. All of the 56 Spitfires that served in the Dutch Air Force were Mark IXs.

The SKHV Spit was built in 1943 and took part in the D-day fighting. In 1946, the 322 Fighter Section (322 JaVA) was established, which in 1947 was renamed 322 Squadron, and which included our Spit as H-25. After its return from the East Indies, 322 Squadron adopted the role of a “monthly” squadron. In that period the H-registration was replaced by the 322 Squadron code (3W) followed by a serial number, our Spit becoming 3W-17. 1953 saw the end of the military career of this legendary aircraft. The greater part of the Spitfires came to a sorry end, being plundered by souvenir hunters and scrap dealers, or being burned in fire-fighting exercises.


Spitfire and the SKHV
Serial number Type RNLAF Type civil Constr. yr. RNLAF registration PH registration
CBAF IX.1732 Supermarine
Vickers Spitfire
1943 H-25 / 3W-17 PH-OUQ
Technical data
Engine Rolls Royce Packard Merlin 224
Engine power 1720 hp
Wing span 9.94 mtr
Length 9.56 mtr
Height 3.85 mtr
Max. speed 657 kmh
Max. weight 4310 kg
Range 700 km
Ceiling 13200 mtr
Crew 1
In service RNLAF 58
In service SKHV 1