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“We Will Remember Them” – Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields BY JOHN MCCRAEIn Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lie,In Flanders fields. …

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The Mk IX Spitfire

About the Mark IX Spitfire The graceful and majestic yet potent Supermarine Spitfire, designed by Reginald J. Mitchell, first flew on March 5th, 1936 and become operational in August 1938. Nineteen different Marks and 52 variations of Spitfire’s were produced between 1936 and 1948, totalling 22,759 (of which 2,408 were Seafires). The Supermarine Spitfire Mk. …

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A family at war in Southern England

A family at war in Southern England Article written by Keith Pratt outlining the reason for his interest in the Spitfire. My grandfather was a WW1 war hero (twice decorated). He died in 1937 before WWII whilst injecting himself with “Opium”, his long term treatment for pain relief due to mustard gas poisoning. This left …

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Our Motivation, Our Heritage

The SAAF, the Museum and our Heritage. Swartkop in the late 1940s: Spitfires and Harvards in the foreground, with Dakotas and then Venturas behind them. Note how bare the landscape was. Heritage is a word which has many strings to its bow. Its meanings include birthright, inheritance, patrimony, bequest & estate, endowment, objectives & qualities, …

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Scattering ashes from a Supermarine Spitfire – A fitting tribute

Scattering ashes from a Supermarine Spitfire – A fitting tribute By Maj James Feuilherade In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return’¬†Genesis 3:19 This is a story, of one of …

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Proposed Colour Schemes for Spitfire S/N 5518

Proposed Colour Schemes for S/N 5518 Article by Willie (Buskruit) Burger – Velddrif, 1st June 2016 A fascinating look at the history of Spitfire 5518 through the years. Spitfire TE 213 came off the Castle Bromwich production line in May 1945; at the very end of the Second World War. It was placed in storage …

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