Posted by Don Scott on October 21, 2020, 6:19 pm
For reasons best forgotten a similar thread below was disturbed. However, I have been watching those TV episodes and really enjoy them because I had my own little Spitfire Factory going a couple of years ago. The R/C model I built is an 83" span Mk.1A version, the type flown in the Battle of Britain (July/August 1940). It is powered by a very powerful 2Kw motor driving a 22" propeller. Although I have taxi tested it and done a practice take off run, it has never been flown. Main reasons were two cataract removals which have given me trouble and of course, the Covid thing. |
The aircraft has what you might call 'vanity' code letters DWS (my initials) but are factual. DW was the code for 610 (County Chester) Squadron based at Biggin Hill (TV Spitfire Factory) during the 'battle' and S, the aircraft code letter. There were at least three aircraft with that individual code due to losses. This particular aircraft, R6686, was brought down by ME Bf109s over Ramsgate and crashed near Eastry. The pilot, Sgt. Stanley J Arnfield, baled out and suffered a broken ankle. He went on the fly Lancasters and was awarded the DFC. He died in 1954.
The photos show the model during building stage, at the model field during trials, and Sgt. Arnfield who retired with rank of Acting Sqdn/Ldr. I donít know if this sort of thing is of interest to anyone but I could put other similar stuff up from time to timeÖdonít want to bore anyone though.