Supermarine Spitfire 

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485 Squadron badge
Motto:  Ka whawhai tonu 
(We will fight on)
485 Squadron badge
Motto: Ka whawhai tonu
(We will fight on)

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485 Squadron
Hornchurch
After June 42 and before June 44.
Photo Charles E. Mac Kay
485 Squadron
Hornchurch
After June 42 and before June 44.
Photo Charles E. Mac Kay
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Flight Lieutenant J Pattison of No 485 Squadron, RNZAF, graphically recounts a combat to Squadron Leader 'Reg' Grant (left), and Flight Lieutenant R Baker (right), in front of a Spitfire at Westhampnett, 21 January 1943.
 IWM (CH 8385)
Flight Lieutenant J Pattison of No 485 Squadron, RNZAF, graphically recounts a combat to Squadron Leader 'Reg' Grant (left), and Flight Lieutenant R Baker (right), in front of a Spitfire at Westhampnett, 21 January 1943.
IWM (CH 8385)
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A Czech pilot, Flight Sergeant Spacen, posing on Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IXB, MH489 "Red Rose II", at Squires Gate airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, before flying it to Biggin Hill, Kent, to join No. 485 Squadron. . IWM (CH 11363)
A Czech pilot, Flight Sergeant Spacen, posing on Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IXB, MH489 "Red Rose II", at Squires Gate airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, before flying it to Biggin Hill, Kent, to join No. 485 Squadron. . IWM (CH 11363)
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Squadron Leader J G Sanders, poses on Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IXB, MH819 "Red Rose III", at Squires Gate airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, before flying it to Biggin Hill, Kent, to join No. 485 Squadron RNZAF.
 IWM (CH 11364)
Squadron Leader J G Sanders, poses on Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IXB, MH819 "Red Rose III", at Squires Gate airport, Blackpool, Lancashire, before flying it to Biggin Hill, Kent, to join No. 485 Squadron RNZAF.
IWM (CH 11364)
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A pilot of No 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF climbs into the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB at Redhill, Surrey. The second aircraft in line belongs to the Squadron's Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader M W B Knight.
 IWM (CH 3751)
A pilot of No 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF climbs into the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB at Redhill, Surrey. The second aircraft in line belongs to the Squadron's Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader M W B Knight.
IWM (CH 3751)
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Pilot Officer W V Crawford-Compton of No 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, "Samson", at Kenley, Surrey.
 IWM (CH 5064)
Pilot Officer W V Crawford-Compton of No 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, "Samson", at Kenley, Surrey.
IWM (CH 5064)
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Spitfire LF Mark IX, MJ502 “Prince Tungi Tonga II”, at No. 33 Maintenance Unit, Lyneham, Wiltshire, shortly before delivery to No. 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF at Drem, Scotland. The aircraft also served with Nos. 349, and 332 Squadrons of the RAF during 1944, and in 1945 joined the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in Italy.
 IWM (E(MOS) 1323)
Spitfire LF Mark IX, MJ502 “Prince Tungi Tonga II”, at No. 33 Maintenance Unit, Lyneham, Wiltshire, shortly before delivery to No. 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF at Drem, Scotland. The aircraft also served with Nos. 349, and 332 Squadrons of the RAF during 1944, and in 1945 joined the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in Italy.
IWM (E(MOS) 1323)
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Flight-Lieutenant E P "Hawkeye"Wells of No 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, "Waikato", at Kenley, Surrey.
 IWM (CH 5061)
Flight-Lieutenant E P "Hawkeye"Wells of No 485 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, "Waikato", at Kenley, Surrey.
IWM (CH 5061)
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Squadron Leader J M Checketts RNZAF, standing in front of a Supermarine Spitfire when commanding the Air-to-Air Combat Squadron of the Central Gunnery School at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.
 IWM (CH 11675)
Squadron Leader J M Checketts RNZAF, standing in front of a Supermarine Spitfire when commanding the Air-to-Air Combat Squadron of the Central Gunnery School at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.
IWM (CH 11675)
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485 Sqn 
Spitfire IX 
OU-K
485 Sqn
Spitfire IX
OU-K
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Spitfire IX JK860 OU-P
31st August 1943
Flt Lt B E Gibbs. Engine failed on take-off and crash-landed. Pilot slightly injured. Classified Cat B. 14th September: Reclassified Cat E and written-off.
( Tony McDonald Collection)
Spitfire IX JK860 OU-P
31st August 1943
Flt Lt B E Gibbs. Engine failed on take-off and crash-landed. Pilot slightly injured. Classified Cat B. 14th September: Reclassified Cat E and written-off.
( Tony McDonald Collection)

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Spitfire W3652 
"Blue Charm"
 Photo via Kevin Wells
Spitfire W3652
"Blue Charm"
Photo via Kevin Wells
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Spitfire W3579 OU-P
Southland II
31st October 1942 
Wg Cdr E N Ryder, OC Kenley Wg
Shot down by flak and force-landed on a beach during a Hurribomber escort mission to Bourbourg Canal, Dunkirk. PoW. 
One of the "New Zealand Subscription Spitfires"
Spitfire W3579 OU-P
Southland II
31st October 1942
Wg Cdr E N Ryder, OC Kenley Wg
Shot down by flak and force-landed on a beach during a Hurribomber escort mission to Bourbourg Canal, Dunkirk. PoW.
One of the "New Zealand Subscription Spitfires"
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Spitfire W3579 
OU-P
Southland II
31st October 1942
Spitfire W3579
OU-P
Southland II
31st October 1942
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Spitfire W3579 
OU-P
Southland II
Spitfire W3579
OU-P
Southland II
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Acting Wing Commander Colin Gray, the top scoring New Zealand pilot with 27 kills, pictured with his Supermarine Spitfire at Souk-el-Kehemis while commanding No 81 Squadron, Royal Air Force in North Africa.
 IWM (CNA 814)
Acting Wing Commander Colin Gray, the top scoring New Zealand pilot with 27 kills, pictured with his Supermarine Spitfire at Souk-el-Kehemis while commanding No 81 Squadron, Royal Air Force in North Africa.
IWM (CNA 814)
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Spitfire Vb W3245 "Lincoln Imp"
A pre-delivery picture. On strength with 485 Sqn while with 12 Group and based at Drem, Scotland, from the 14th November 1943 - 4th March 1944 when it was transferred to Scottish Aviation. 
 Alan Saxman
Spitfire Vb W3245 "Lincoln Imp"
A pre-delivery picture. On strength with 485 Sqn while with 12 Group and based at Drem, Scotland, from the 14th November 1943 - 4th March 1944 when it was transferred to Scottish Aviation.
Alan Saxman
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485 squadron RNZAF with Spitfire MkIXB & Sir William Jordan
485 squadron RNZAF with Spitfire MkIXB & Sir William Jordan
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Line up of 485 Sqn. 'Subscription' Spitfire Mk. Vbs. The names can just be made out ahead of the windscreens. ('Y' is AB198 "WELLINGTON I". The pilot standing in front is possibly P/O Barrett.)
Line up of 485 Sqn. 'Subscription' Spitfire Mk. Vbs. The names can just be made out ahead of the windscreens. ('Y' is AB198 "WELLINGTON I". The pilot standing in front is possibly P/O Barrett.)
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Spitfire LF IXE, MH432
'Waipawa Express'
  No 485 Sqn. being taxied out by Max Collett
Spitfire LF IXE, MH432
'Waipawa Express'
No 485 Sqn. being taxied out by Max Collett
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Flying Officer Max Collett beside his Spitfire IXB
Flying Officer Max Collett beside his Spitfire IXB
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Spitfires Mk. IXC of No. 485 (New Zealand) Squadron lined up at the USAAF Station 112 Bovingdon in Hertfordshire on 30 March 1944
Spitfires Mk. IXC of No. 485 (New Zealand) Squadron lined up at the USAAF Station 112 Bovingdon in Hertfordshire on 30 March 1944
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Spitfire BM642 
OU-A 
Photo RNZAF Museum
Spitfire BM642
OU-A
Photo RNZAF Museum
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Spitfire MkIX 
PT881 
"Thunderguts"
Spitfire MkIX
PT881
"Thunderguts"
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Spitfire MK732 OU-U in (near perfect) D-Day markings
Airworthy as PH-OUQ with the Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht in The Netherlands.
Spitfire MK732 OU-U in (near perfect) D-Day markings
Airworthy as PH-OUQ with the Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht in The Netherlands.
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Preserved T Mk IX trainer ML407, owned and operated by Carolyn Grace in the colours of No. 485 Squadron RNZAF.
Preserved T Mk IX trainer ML407, owned and operated by Carolyn Grace in the colours of No. 485 Squadron RNZAF.
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Spitfire TE288 displayed as a 485 Squadron aircraft Wigram 18th April 2006
Spitfire TE288 displayed as a 485 Squadron aircraft Wigram 18th April 2006
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