At Oldenburg in 1956 following incident occured although I was not actually involved in the theft but in the subsequent refurbishment. During a visit ( squadron rotation ) of 14 Squadron from RAF Oldenburg at RNLAF Eindhoven, No.14 Squadron members "found " the remains of a Spitfire and took her in the middle of the night on a lorry to RAF Oldenburg in Germany as a Squadron Trophy ( without permission )Next morning it was discovered that the Spitfire had been stolen, but because there was already a gate guard at RNLAF Eindhoven no effort was made to get her back by the RNLAF although we heard there were some ripe comments made between the two base commanders. Research showed the aircraft number to be MK732 but as to how it got to Eindhoven, it was not made clear. With volunteers from all sections of Tech Wing & 14 Sqn aircraft was restored to static display condition as MK732 in a standard RAF colour scheme, including black and white invasion stripes. Spitfire was presented to No.124 Wing at RAF Oldenburg by No.14 Squadron as a wing trophy. MK732 was put on display at RAF Oldenburg. The presentation was made as I remember at the farewell parade for the base commander GroupCaptain Stapelton.
When Oldenburg was handed over to GAF in '57 MK732 moved with No.124 Wing from RAF Oldenburg to RAF Ahlhorn in Germany. The aircraft at the time was split down and loaded onto Queen Mary trailers for the short journey. As I remember there was at that time an attempt made by the RNLAF to recover the aircraft back to Eindhoven by stealing the loaded QM's. I seem to recollect the attempt was made during darkness with a crew of Dutchmen getting onto the base and driving off with the vehicles although I cannot be sure. Do any forum members remember this...? I do remember it did eventually arrive at Ahlhorn and was Gate Guardian there in '57 when I left for Melksham.Doug
Admin wrote: DougPiccy here: http://www.militaryairshows.net/spits/mk732.jpg
norecamuk wrote: Admin wrote: DougPiccy here: http://www.militaryairshows.net/spits/mk732.jpg Access forbidden to me.
DougPiccy here: http://www.militaryairshows.net/spits/mk732.jpg
Sorry but the link doesn't work but this link will take you to Wikipedia where MK732 is mentioned as still belonging to the RNLAF: