WW2 Spitfire that took down Nazi plane and starred in films on sale for £4.5m
A WW2 Spitfire that downed a Nazi plane before featuring in Hollywood films could be yours for a whopping £4.5 million.
The one-seater 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mark LF IXb is currently being stored in Northamptonshire, and is among few originals still capable of flying, having been restored in Australia five years ago.
Staggeringly, the warplane still has 95% of its original parts, complete with an interior kept to its WW2 specification.
MH415, the number emblazoned on its tail, was originally built 79 years ago at Castle Bromwich.
It was then assigned to RAF Squadron 129 and stationed at Hornchurch in August 1943, before being used by RAF Squadron 222 and ultimately retired from action in 1945.
During its military career MH415 is known to have shot down at least one German FW-190 light aircraft on September 24 1943, according to auctioneers.
Having retired to Whitney, Oxfordshire, the plane then made a trip stateside to Hollywood, going on to feature in The Longest Day in 1962 and Battle of Britain in 1969.
Wilson 'Connie' Edwards, a stunt pilot who completed over 125 hours of mock dogfights whilst filming for Battle of Britain, then picked up MH415 and shipped it back to his ranch in Texas.
He then sold it on in 2014, a sale which saw the plane shipped to Australia and restored by Vintage Fighter Restorations, who used existing components rather than their modern counterparts.
The Aircraft Sales Company, auctioning the costly aircraft, said: "MH415 stayed fully assembled, other than for shipping and maintenance, from its date of manufacture.
"Right through to the commencement of its restoration in 2015 and completed to airworthiness 2021.
"A truly remarkable aircraft with documented WW2 combat history. MH415 is one of the most original airworthy Spitfires in the world."
Richard Grace, from the auctioneers, added: "This is the most original Spitfire flying in the world. Only the wing spars have been replaced.
"It shot down a Focke-Wulf-190 in the Second World War and is a very early Mark IX which is very rare.
"I have flown it and it is lovely to fly."
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