THE LAST Operational Spitfire Sortie

Spitfire PR.XIX PS888 'The Last Spitfire operational Sortie.' On 1 April 1954 this aircraft of 81 Sqn conducted the last ever operational sortie by an RAF Spitfire from Seletar, flying a PR mission base at over an area of jungle in Johore thought to contain Communist guerrilla hideouts. After the flight the aircraft's ground crew painted the inscription "The Last!" on the left engine cowling. PS915 of the BBMF currently wears the color scheme and markings of PS888.

Photos by Brian Rose

PS888 Adding the script

(Photo Brian Rose)

Taxiing in (George Jarvis with chock )

(Photo Brian Rose)

Sqn Ldr Swaby