Spitfire NH341 was built at Castle Bromwich as a Spitfire Low Level Fighter (LFIXE) and delivered to 8 MU on the 28th April 1944. It 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 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 another pilot who escaped unscathed after tangling with FW190s South East of Caen.
The substantial remains were placed on display at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie at Bayeux during 1996. It was later displayed at the Juno Beach Museum at Courseulles-sur-Mer during 2003 where it was described as being ML295. Inspection of the aircraft however shows that a substantial amount of the parts originated from NH341 with only a few parts from another Spitfire.
Aero Legends acquired NH341 in 2011.
Spitfire NH341 Restoration will be posted on our blog monthly.
Release Date: 1st March 2016
Period Covered: 1st February 2016 – 1st March 2016
WingsWing tank and other skins are being made. Radiator and wheel bay structure assembly continues
FuselageThe starboard canopy rail has now arrived and been drilled off. The forward cockpit upper structure has been fitted. The tail unit has been trial fitted and the skins trimmed in. The battery tray and air bottle mounting structure has been finalised and is in for paint. The wing root areas have been painted.
SystemsThe rear rudder pedals have been fitted. The main control cables have been trial fitted and and rigging checks carried out successfully. Fairleads, stops and guides have been made. The front and rear throttles have been fitted and the CSU and throttle rods made and trial fitted. The flap controls have also been installed. The radiator flap shaft has been assembled. This is different from a single seater and has extra levers to allow the aileron torque tube to pass through. The undercarriage hydraulic system has been filled and pressure tested. The system has been run using the ground power rig and the rams cycled many times with no problems.
EngineDressing of the engine continues and an overhauled CSU and new pipes have been fitted.
Next Month...Manufactures of the skins and radiator bay structure will continue. The fuselage upper construction and fitting out will continue.