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About Spitfire PL258 – Norwegian Spitfire Foundation

About Spitfire PL258

Norwegian Spitfire Foundation har som mål å få en flygende Spitfire med norsk krigshistorie til Norge.
Norsk Spitfire Foundation (NSF) har i lengre tid jobbet for å få en operativ og flygende Spitfire, med norsk krigshistorie, til Norge. Nå vil restaureringen av Spitfire IX, PL258 starte. Målet med prosjektet er å gjøre nåværende og fremtidige generasjoner oppmerksomme på historien om de norske pilotene og bakkemannskapets formidable engasjement i den allierte kampen mot Nazi-Tyskland under andre verdenskrig.

I februar 2018, og i samarbeid med Forsvarsmuseet, reiste den norske journalisten og luftfartshistorikeren Cato Guhnfeldt og Lars Ness, styreleder i NSF, til Nederland for å prøve å spore opp restene av eventuelle Spitfires fløyet av norske piloter. Både Cato og Lars visste at de lette etter den velkjente ‘nålen i en høystakk’, og dette da 70 år for sent. Det var derfor ganske overraskende hva de fant.

I Holland ble restene av Spitfire IX, PL258 FN-K, fra 331 (norsk) skvadron – fløyet av Fenrik (fenrik) Carl Jacob Stousland, og som krasjlandet den 29. desember 1944, oppdaget. Flyet landet på magen på et jorde i nærheten av tettstedet Tubbergen. Historien bak både fly og pilot er minneverdig.

Norsk Spitfire Foundation har nå kjøpt restene av PL258. Disse utgjør kjernen i et restaurerings- og gjenoppbyggingsprosjekt, og Civil Aviation Authority i Storbritannia har tildelt G-NSFS som en midlertidig registrering. Når flyrestaureringen endelig er fullført og prøvefløyet, vil PL258 bli overført til det norske registeret.

NSF vil eie prosjektet og promotere det slik det ønsker. Allerede nå under restaurerings- og gjenoppbyggingsprosessen vil PL258 bli brukt til å fortelle historien om de norske jagerpilotene og bakkestaben i Storbritannia og på kontinentet under andre verdenskrig.

Restaureringen vil i størst mulig grad foregå hos og administreres av Aircraft Restoration Company i England.

For ytterligere detaljer om historien til PL258 og NSF, kontakt Lars Ness på lars@norwegianspitfire.com

Norwegian Spitfire Foundation to restore a historical Norwegian Spitfire
The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation (NSF) has for some time worked to bring an operative and flying Spitfire, with Norwegian wartime history, to Norway. Now, the restoration of Spitfire IX, PL258 will commence.
The aim of the project is to bring to the attention of present and future generations the story of the Norwegian pilots and groundcrews formidable involvement in the Allied fight against Nazi-Germany during the Second World War.

In February 2018, and in cooperation with the Norwegian Defence Museum, the Norwegian journalist and aviation Historian Cato Guhnfeldt and Lars Ness, Chairman of the NSF, travelled to the Netherlands to try and track down the remains of any Spitfires flown by Norwegian pilots. Both Cato and Lars knew that they were looking for the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack’, and this then 70 years too late. It was therefore quite surprising what they did find.

In Holland, the remains of Spitfire IX, PL258 FN-K, from 331 (Norwegian) Squadron – flown by Fenrik (ensign) Carl Jacob Stousland, and which crash landed on the 29th of December 1944, was discovered. The aircraft landed on its belly in a field near the village of Tubbergen. The story behind both aircraft and pilot are memorable.

The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation has now purchased the remains of PL258. These form the core of a restoration and rebuild project, and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK has allocated G-NSFS as a temporary registration. When the aircraft restoration is finally completed and test-flown, PL258 will be transferred to the Norwegian register.

NSF will own the project and promote it as it wishes. Already now during the restoration and rebuild process, PL258 will be used to tell the story of the Norwegian fighter pilots and the ground staff in the UK and on the Continent during WW2.

The restoration will for the most part take place at and be managed by the Aircraft Restoration Company in England.

For further details about the story of PL258 and NSF, contact Lars Ness at lars@norwegianspitfire.com