Restoring Spitfire NH341 Update #29. The latest update on the restoration and conversion of the Aero Legends LFIXE Spitfire NH341.
Release Date: 3rd January 2017
Period Covered: 1st December 2016 – 3rd January 2017
All the lower and main wing to fuselage fairings are complete and await painting. The engine cowlings have been started.
Internal and engine bay systems are almost complete. Fuel system and transfer checks are yet to be done. The air filter box is being assembled.
Engine runs have been successfully carried out. Full power runs and adjustments to boost and rpm have been made and the engine is now set up.
All the cowlings will be in work. Avionics system will be finished.
Restoring Spitfire NH341 continues to progress well. She was built at Castle Bromwich as a Spitfire Low Level Fighter (LFIXE) and delivered to 8 MU on the 28th April 1944. She was sent to Miles Aircraft for modifications to be fitted before delivery to 411 (Grizzly Bear) squadron RCAF on 22nd June 1944. This was the only squadron NH341 served with and was flown by several pilots the most notable use of NH341 was in the hands of Flt Lt Hugh Charles Trainor who gained his third kill in 48 hours on 29th June 1944 when he downed an ME109 five miles West of Caen whilst flying her. Flt Lt Trainor destroyed another BF109 on the evening of 30th June 1944 over Thury Hurcourt, again in NH341. Flt Lt Trainor gained ace status later flying another World War 2 Spitfire when he destroyed two more BF109s in a single flight on the 4th July, this was after NH341 had been lost on the 2nd July whilst being flown by Warrant Officer James “Jimmy” Jeffrey who escaped unscathed after tangling with FW190s South East of Caen.
Restoring Spitfire NH341 and its conversion to a dual cockpit T9 version is being undertaken by the experts at Historic Flying Ltd (HFL), Duxford.