Spitfire No. 303 (Kosckiuszko) Squadron RAF, Summer 1941
Framed (ref: 9870)
Oil on paper
Provenance: The Artist's Studio
This Spitfire belonged to No. 303 (Kosckiuszko) Squadron RAF. It was one of the Polish squadrons that were integrated into the RAF after they were formed in this country in 1940 and was initially equipped with hawker Hurricanes. It re-equipped with Spitfire Mk. in January 1941 and the duck-egg blue band round the tail indicates that this picture dates from after the Battle of Britain because this marking did not come into use until, around November 1940. This painting must date therefore from the Spring or Summer of 1941.
With special thanks to Andrew Cormack, PhD, FSA, FRHistS for his expertise