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Speaking of meeting his mother, here they are in May 1945 at Gardermoen! Dogger passed away in 1999.

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The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation endeavours to honour the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Norwegian squadrons during World War 2.

We need help in funding the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire PL258 to flying condition. Please support Norway's only Spitfire with wartime history. Any donation, small or large is most welcome.

«We are not asking for monuments - we are only asking for the preservation of our history».

- WWII Spitfire pilot General Wilhelm Mohr

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Speaking of meeting his mother, here they are in May 1945 at Gardermoen! Dogger passed away in 1999.

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http://donate.norwegianspitfire.com

The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation endeavours to honour the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Norwegian squadrons during World War 2.

We need help in funding the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire PL258 to flying condition. Please support Norways only Spitfire with wartime history. Any donation, small or large is most welcome.

«We are not asking for monuments - we are only asking for the preservation of our history».

- WWII Spitfire pilot General Wilhelm Mohr

More info: http://donate.norwegianspitfire.com

Norsk kontonummer: 1503.88.18845
VIPPS: 97071

331 Sqd Ragnar Dogger with Varg, their mascot. When he came back to Norway in May 1945 - in his Spitfire - he met his mother at Gardermoen, the squadrons final destination. Must have been some moment for both of them.

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donate.norwegianspitfire.com

The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation endeavours to honour the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Norwegian squadrons during World War 2.

We need help in funding the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire PL258 to flying condition. Please support Norway's only Spitfire with wartime history. Any donation, small or large is most welcome.

«We are not asking for monuments - we are only asking for the preservation of our history».

- WWII Spitfire pilot General Wilhelm Mohr

More info: donate.norwegianspitfire.com

Norsk kontonummer: 1503.88.18845
VIPPS: 97071
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331 Sqd Ragnar Dogger with Varg, their mascot. When he came back to Norway in May 1945 - in his Spitfire - he met his mother at Gardermoen, the squadrons final destination. Must have been some moment for both of them.

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http://donate.norwegianspitfire.com

The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation endeavours to honour the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Norwegian squadrons during World War 2.

We need help in funding the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire PL258 to flying condition. Please support Norways only Spitfire with wartime history. Any donation, small or large is most welcome.

«We are not asking for monuments - we are only asking for the preservation of our history».

- WWII Spitfire pilot General Wilhelm Mohr

More info: http://donate.norwegianspitfire.com

Norsk kontonummer: 1503.88.18845
VIPPS: 97071

As a new chapter begins in the life of P-51D Mustang G-SHWN in her new colours, it’s time to have a look back at some fond memories of her time as the Shark. She became a favourite Mustang of many with her sharks mouth and RAF scheme of 112 Squadron and I’m sure some will be sad that she no longer wears those colours.

The Mustang is operated by the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation on behalf of her owner Shaun Patrick at airshows across the U.K. and Europe, she’s based at Duxford and is maintained by the Aircraft Restoration Company and you can fly in her with Aerial Collective as soon as the the current conditions allow.

Words and photographs by Neil Cotten

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The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation endeavours to honour the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Norwegian squadrons during World War 2.

We need help in funding the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire PL258 to flying condition. Please support Norway's only Spitfire with wartime history. Any donation, small or large is most welcome.

«We are not asking for monuments - we are only asking for the preservation of our history».

- WWII Spitfire pilot General Wilhelm Mohr

More info: donate.norwegianspitfire.com

Norsk kontonummer: 1503.88.18845
VIPPS: 97071
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I know my daughter Isabella will miss Sharkie a lot next year, hopefully she will like Warhorse as much🤞

As nice as the new scheme is, it's honestly very disappointing that she wasn't put into another RAF scheme, especially considering she was one of only two Mustangs in the world wearing RAF Roundels

Tons of American paint schemes on the international Warbird circuit. But the “Shark” scheme was a major draw. My son loved it, and we would often travel specifically to see it (eg Stavanger Sola Show). So while we love all the effort organizations put in to keep these warbirds flying, we are definitely sad such a unique scheme has disappeared. 😞

It is going to be strange seeing her fly in new markings! Seen her fly many times, loved it when she flew 2 flypasts over Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield a few years back

...i ❤ the "shark"...😉👍( pic by Peter Bauer )

Just keep transiting via Birminghams overhead - ‘WN makes my day.

I will miss her old scheme

CLEAR SKIES .......

Best scheme EVER

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"An extra religious service was held after Rolf Arne Berg fell. Several [guys] on the Flight sat on boxes and did not believe that Berg was dead, but that he would return. The whole atmosphere was tense" (Spitfire Saga IV p. 123).

So popular and larger than life was he, that his men simply denied his passing.

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donate.norwegianspitfire.com

The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation endeavours to honour the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Norwegian squadrons during World War 2.

We need help in funding the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire PL258 to flying condition. Please support Norway's only Spitfire with wartime history. Any donation, small or large is most welcome.

«We are not asking for monuments - we are only asking for the preservation of our history».

- WWII Spitfire pilot General Wilhelm Mohr

More info: donate.norwegianspitfire.com

Norsk kontonummer: 1503.88.18845
VIPPS: 97071
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An extra religious service was held after Rolf Arne Berg fell. Several [guys] on the Flight sat on boxes and did not believe that Berg was dead, but that he would return. The whole atmosphere was tense (Spitfire Saga IV p. 123).

So popular and larger than life was he, that his men simply denied his passing.

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http://donate.norwegianspitfire.com

The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation endeavours to honour the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of the Norwegian squadrons during World War 2.

We need help in funding the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire PL258 to flying condition. Please support Norways only Spitfire with wartime history. Any donation, small or large is most welcome.

«We are not asking for monuments - we are only asking for the preservation of our history».

- WWII Spitfire pilot General Wilhelm Mohr

More info: http://donate.norwegianspitfire.com

Norsk kontonummer: 1503.88.18845
VIPPS: 97071

P-51D Mustang G-SHWN has a new livery!
The Mustang formerly known as "The Shark," or "Sharkmouth” has changed its colours to those of Colonel Donald Blakeslee, Commander of the 4th Fighter Group. Colonel Blakeslee flew more combat missions than any other American fighter pilot, and stood credited with 15.5 confirmed kills. Blakeslee's personal standing among Allied pilots was considerable. British ace Johnnie Johnson described him as "One of the best leaders ever to fight over Germany”.

Famous photographer, historian and a personal friend of Col Blakeslee, John Dibbs has done considerable research in order for the airframe to be absolutely correct in every detail, for example, the combination of bare metal and silver paint in all the right places.

Blakeslee’s story intersected with that of Norwegian Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg, when on Oct 3, 1943, RAB did a familiarisation flight in Blakeslee’s P-47 Thunderbolt at Debden, carrying the same squadron code letters (WD-C) as the Mustang.
The Mustang is owned by Shaun Patrick, operated by the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation and maintained by the Aircraft Restoration Company.

Thanks to Peter Green for his photo’s of G-SHWN earlier this week at Duxford.
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Has the cockpit been put back into a more stock looking affair or is it still sharkmouth style?

I always liked the RAF "Shark" scheme as it was something completely different. Plus I was fortunate to have a flight in her at Goodwood when she first gained those colours, so will always be something special for me! But it's always nice to see something new on the circuit and she looks stunning. Plus it is a very historic scheme now and the best news is despite being previously listed for sale, she is renaming here in the UK and will still be flown by the great team at Norwegian Spitfire Foundation👍

A few people shared there models of "The Shark", this is mine. The 1/72 Airfix kit but finished with more accurate transfers and a few modifications. I changed the rear of the cockpit to include the second seat and matched the interior paint, the pilot's seat had a red parachute placed on it which is why I painted it red. I painted the landing gear bay and doors to match and cut the aerial to the small white size as previously fitted to the Shark. Anyway, better start building a new one!

Now you tell me 😜 I just finished painting up a model of this in the Shark colours 😄 Actually prefer the new colours, I know that the RAF versions were in camouflage but a silver Mustang just looks perfect 👌

Looks good but it was nice to see a change in the Mustangs when it was the shark.

As I have mentioned before, David Scott-Malden, one time Wing Commander (Flying) Norwegian Wing at North Weald, was a neighbour and friend. He knew Don Blakeslee when he was an RAF pilot and told me the story of Don being caught with two girls in his room by David and the CO doing their morning rounds. This was at Martlesham Heath shortly before Don was due to be transferred to the USAAF. Don was put on a charge and his transfer was delayed as a result. Monk Hunter rang him to enquire about the delay and was told of the circumstances. I gave David a book about Don and he sent me this letter in reply. The point of this post is that the repaint on the Mustang is even more appropriate as there is a link between Don Blakeslee and the Norwegian Wing via Scotty.

My 48th Sharko dried a day before this 🙁 Always nice to see a new scheme but a favourite will be missed.... again 🙁 does look nice though, like the back of a horse 😀

Nooooooo! We needed a R.A.F Mustang on the circuit. A change from all the USAAF machines 😔😥 Shark was sooo pretty.

I heard her fly over my house a couple of days ago. I couldn't see her though. She popped up on my Flightradar & by chance she was flying close to my house. Went out in the back garden, & I heard the beautiful sound of a Merlin engine

Glad the shark teeth are gone. Back in her rightful colors 👏🏼👏🏼 love it!

As much as I love the sentiment behind the livery change, I'm gutted... Shark Mouth was something different and instantly recognisable... Unfortunately, she now looks like every other Mustang out there... Still love to see her fly though!! (just go back to the camo scheme sooner rather than later)

Beautiful! She looks amazing in those colors. 😃

Kinda happy to be one of the people who saw her in the sharkie livery with and without invasion stripes 😀 looks nice!

Just seen her fly over the river blackwater in essex. Made my day. ✈️❤️

Yup, saw her heading south over Tonbridge @ 13:50L. Odd thing was that from my view, she looked dark like the old scheme, but must have been the angle of the sun. She was moving along alright

Saw it over Stratford upon Avon a few days ago.

I told my 2 youngest about Sharkie having a new colour scheme, my daughter Isabella asked if there was a new name too... 😕

Well, that's another excuse to attend the 11th Oostwoldairshow to renew my photos. Great livery. 😉

Much better! I could not fancy the shark mouth!

Saw her flypast Shoreham after a crappy day, gave me goosebumps!

One flew over Barnet yesterday

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