Vandalised Spitfire: Picturing Canterbury

Vandalised Spitfire. Christchurch Star Archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-02252A.

View of the burnt Spitfire which was vandalised outside the Brevet Club on Memorial Avenue near Christchurch Airport. 6 October 1984.

The original Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.XVIE, built in 1945, never saw combat action and was presented to the Brevet Club in 1963. It was mounted outside the club and remained in place until 1983 when it was decided to replace it with a replica model. This replica, made from fibreglass, was crafted at RNZAF Base Woodbourne in Blenheim in a project overseen by Flight Sergeant Ray Allan and involved up to sixty individuals (twelve of whom were full time). After the replica was installed in 1984, the original plane was relocated to the Air Force Museum. In October that year, the replica model was destroyed in an arson attack. It was removed and a restored version was later installed. It remains in place outside Spitfire Square.

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