Spitfire landing in Coventry's Millennium Place this weekend - The Coventry Observer

10th Aug, 2022

Spitfire landing in Coventry's Millennium Place this weekend

Ryan Smith 17th Jun, 2022

THE RAF Museum Midlands is taking a Spitfire into Coventry this weekend as part of its summer tour.

The spitfire will be at Millennium Place on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary.

The model on tour is a rare Supermarine Spitfire Photo Reconnaissance PR.XIX PM651.

It began its tour on May 14 when it stopped at Telford Southwater Central Library for two days.

The tour will end on July 17 after stopping off at Shrewsbury Quarry Park for their food festival as well as Birmingham New Street and Leicester Jubilee Square.

Spitfires have a connection to the city as three spitfires were bought with money raised in the Coventry Fighter Fund, which was set up by the Midland Daily Telegraph in 1940.

The paper asked readers to contribute to the fund and it raised £18,000 in three weeks.

They took part in aerial combats on fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions suffered two crashes and shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109.

People can tag their photos of the spitfire on social media using #RAFMuseum or #SpitfireSelfie for a chance of winning a prize bundle worth £50.

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