By Scott Edgar
12th August 2019
During the Battle of Britain, the Belfast Telegraph launched the Spitfire Fund. The aim was to raise enough money for one of the iconic fighter planes.
The German reaction to the Belfast Blitz was one of great joy among the Luftwaffe pilots but Nazi officials were careful not to provoke American military.
The Aldergrove Spitfire P7843 collided with another Spitfire over The Lizard, Cornwall on 24th January 1942. It was a Belfast Telegraph Spitfire Fund plane.
The Portadown Spitfire P7833 was funded by the people of the Co. Armagh town in Northern Ireland during the Belfast Telegraph Spitfire Fund in summer 1940.
The Bangor Spitfire P7842, funded by the Belfast Telegraph Spitfire Fund and people of Co. Down, crash landed in Hampshire during the Second World War.
The Belfast Spitfire P7684 was a Mark IIa version of the iconic Royal Air Force fighter plane. The people of Belfast, Co. Antrim raised funds during 1940.
The Harlandic Spitfire P7685 was the only Belfast Telegraph Spitfire Fund planes not named after a town or county. Harland Wolff raised almost £5,000.
The Enniskillen Spitfire P7832 RN-S was one of the few to survive the Second World War, having served in many crucial campaigns between 1941 and 1944.
The Ballymena Spitfire P7835, funded by the Belfast Telegraph Spitfure Fund, flew with many RAF Squadrons until its loss over France on 24th July 1941.