Supermarine Spitfire LFIX MH434, one of the most revered warbirds on the UK circuit, turns 75 years old this year. Operated from Duxford by the Old Flying Machine Company, this World War Two combat veteran is a very special part of Britain’s aviation heritage, not least through its displays by the late OFMC founders Ray and Mark Hanna.
However, MH434 might not have returned to the UK had it not been for a private pilot named Tim Davies, who purchased the aircraft from Belgian target-towing operator COGEA in the 1960s and brought it back to Britain. In a very smart civilian colour scheme and registered G-ASJV, the Spitfire became a familiar and distinctive sight in the skies, until Davies sold the machine for use in the making of the film Battle of Britain. Even then, though, his association with Spitfires was far from over.
The full story of this fascinating gentleman and his association with Spitfire MH434 is told in the July issue of Aeroplane, in which Tim Davies is our in-depth ‘Aeroplane meets…’ interview subject. Buy it now at https://shop.keypublishing.com/issue/View/issue/AM543.