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Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IIa


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Length: 9,12 m Wingspan: 11,23 m
Height: 3,49 m Wing area: 22,48 m2
Empty weight: 2170 kg Max. start weight: 2803 kg
Max. speed: 547 km/hr Rate of climb: 891 m/min
Cruising speed: 480 km/hr    
Range: 850 km Service ceiling: 12 000 m
Engine type: One Rolls Royce Merlin XII rated 1150 hp
Crew: One aviator
Armament: Four wing mounted MG Browning Mk. II 7,7 mm machine guns.


There has been only one Spitfire Mk.II in Dutch service.
Harry van der Meer states this was Spitfire P7891, the personal aircraft of HRH Prince Bernhard.

Andrew Pentland, who set up the Spitfire production List let me know that, according to the records of this aircraft, HRH Prince Bernhard used a different name when flying this aircraft.


Na een onfortuinlijke landing wordt de Spitfire Mk.II van Prins Bernhard naar een parkeerplaats geduwd. Dit gebeurde  tijdens het bezoek van Prins Bernhard aan het 322 Sqn.
After an unfortunate landing the Spitfire Mk.II of HRH Prince Bernhard is pushed towards  a parking space.
This happened during the visit of HRH Prince Bernhard to squadron 322.
[Enclosed photo from BeeldBank NIMH. Click on photo for ordering information]
De door prins Bernhard gevlogen Spitfire Mk IIA (P7981) die bij een bezoek aan 167 Squadron in het najaar van 1942 tijdens het taxieën na de landing een neusstand maakte op het Schotse vliegveld Castletown.
The Spitfire Mk IIA (P7891) flown by HRH Prince Bernhard made a nose stand during a visit to 167 Squadron at Scottish Castle air base in the autumn of 1942 by the Scottish Castle Town airport.
[Enclosed photo from BeeldBank NIMH. Click on photo for ordering information]


SerialRAF SerialConstr. nr.Date in serviceDate out of serviceNotes
- P7891   19-01-1941 03-08-1944 Personal aircraft of HRH Prince Bernhard. (??)

Information via Spitfire Production List:

Built by: Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory as Mk. IIa, nr CBAF346
Motor: Merlin XII
8 Maintenance Unit 02-02-1941
234 Squadron 13-3-1941
41 Squadron 16-07-1941
145 Squadron 28-07-1941
Central Gunnery School 23-02-1942
1 Civilian Repair Unit 23-01-1943
61 Operational Training Unit 08-04-1943
6 Maintenance Unit 07-09-1944
Struck off (RAF) Charge 22-04-1945


1/72nd Scale


  • AZ Models
    • Kit 7288: Spitfire Mk.IIa "Aces"
    • Kit 7290: Spitfire Mk.IIa LR
    • Kit 7308: Spitfire Mk.IIb
  • Airfix
    • Kit 1071: Spitfire Mk1
    • Kit A01071A: Spitfire Mk1 (new tool 2010)
    • Kit A2001: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/MkIIa (same as A01071A with new parts)
  • Heller
    • Kit 5HV79761: Spitfire Mk.I (Airfix kit)
  • Tamiya
    • Kit 60748: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I
  • Revell
    • Kit 4150: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II (an old, not very accurate kit )
    • Kit 03953: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa (new mould; very nice kit)
Supermarine Spitfire MkIIa-IMG 8718

Model of a Spitfire Mk.IIa: Used is the Airfix kit no 1071 of the Spitfire Mk.I with some minor modifications.
Decals used are partly kitdecals, partly some remains and partly home-made. [I erroneously used the wrong RAF number P7981 on this model, it should be P7891]



Modelling add-on

  • 3D-kits
    • Set 72-C001-B: Spitfire MK.II Conversion Kit without Decals (to convert a Spitfire Mk.I)
  • Aeroclub
    • Set V075: Spitfire Glycol tank and engine fairings
    • Set C001: Spitfire/Seafire
    • Set E051: Rolls Royce Merlin II (Spitfire,Hurricane,Defiant)
    • Set V018: Balloon Wheels WO2, 4 slot type(Spitfire), 9mm
    • Set V036: Spitfire Link type undercarriage
    • Set P083: Spitfire 3 bladed prop
    • Set G037: Spitfire Gun Fairings
  • Aires
    • Set 7080: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1 Detail Set (Tamiya)
    • Set 7078: Spitfire Mk.I Detailing set (Tamiya)
    • Set 7071: Rolls Royce Merlin 22 (Mosquito, Spitfire)
    • Set 7084: Spitfire Mk.I Gunbay
  • Airwaves
    • Set SC7270: Spitfire Flying Surfaces
    • Set AC7217: Detailing set Spitfire/Seafire
    • Set AC7276: Detailing set Supermarine Spitfire Flaps
    • Set SC7273: Spitfire Wheels (5 Spokes)
  • Eduard
    • Set SS165: Detailing set Spitfire Mk.I (Tamiya)
    • Set E73-214: Detailing set Spitfire Mk.I (Tamiya)
    • Set SS214: Detailing set Supermarine Mk.I (Tamiya)
    • Set E72-396: Detailing set Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I (Tamiya)
  • Extra Tech
    • Set O-26: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/Mk.V
  • Falcon
    • Set VAX41: Spitfire special (Canopies from prototype to Mk.47)
  • LF Models
    • Set X: Merlin II (Spitfire Mk.I, Hurricane Mk.I)
  • Model Alliance
    • Set CS52: Spitfire Mk.Ib or Mk.IIb
    • Set CS51: Spitfire Mk.IIA or Mk.II(LR)
    • Set CS50: Spitfire Mk.I (Early)
  • Modell Hobby
    • Set 0029: Spitfire MKII instrument panel (Airfix)
  • Pavla
    • Set C72042: Spitfire Mk.IIA (LR)
    • Set U7212: Upgrade set for Spitfire all versions
  • Red Roo
    • Set RRR72112: Spitfire Front end acc. pack
  • Squadron Signal
    • Set SQ09123: Canopies Spitfire Mk.I/Mk.II
  • True Details
    • Set 72018: Spitfire Mk.I/Mk.IX Wheel Set


  • FlevoDecal
    • Set 72006: Decalset for Spitfire's 322 Dutch RAF Squadron (Mk.IIa, Mk.IXb, Mk.XVIc & Mk.XVIe)

1/48th Scale


  • Airfix
    • Kit 05115A: Supermarine Spitfire MK1/MK1a/MK2

Modelling add-on

  • Loon Models
    • Set 48218: Supermarine Spitfire MKII Prop (Tamiya)
  • Pavla
    • Set 4809: Spitfire MKIIa (LR) upgrade set


  • FlevoDecal
    • Set 48006: Decalset for Spitfire's 322 Dutch RAF Squadron (Mk.IIa, Mk.IXb, Mk.XVIc & Mk.XVIe)


SchemeColour nameFS numberBS numberHumbrolXtraColorVallejo Model ColorVallejo Model AirHataka
RAF StandardUpper surfaces
[Dark Green/ Ocean Grey
Dark Green/ Dark Earth]
Dark Green   BS:641 163 X001 70.892 71.324 ~016
Dark Earth   BS:450 29 X002 70.921 71.323 ~009
Ocean Grey ~6152 - 106 X006 70.869 71.273 ~032
Lower surfaces Sea grey medium   BS:637 165 / 126? X003 70.870? 71.307 ~034

Check for an extensive conversion table with lots of colour and paint systems.

Supermarine Spitfire MkII-SMALL
Spitfire Mk.II P7891, as it might have looked like. Standard RAF camouflage pattern according scheme A (during their operational service the Spitfire Mk.IIs had the upper sides in a pattern of Dark Green and Dark Earth and Sky on the undersides. Shown here are the colours used later, a pattern of dark green, Ocean grey and medium grey undersides).



Profile Aircraft 41: Supermarine Spitfire Mks. I - II Philip J.R. Moyes &nbssp; 1981 Uitgever Profile Books Limited, Windsor, Berkshire
Luchtvaartwereld; 3e jaargang nummer 3: Spitfire: Mitchells meesterwerk Theo Wesselink pag. 93 - 95 1986 Uitgeverij Ten Brink, Meppel
Dutch Spitfires, A technical study. Harry, van der Meer & Theo Melchers   1988 Uitgever Repro Holland b.v., Alphen aan de Rijn
Camouflage en Kentekens J.Greuter e.a.   1997 Bonneville – Bergen (NH)
Spitfire 70, The A-Z of Mitchells wonder Dave Willis & Andrew Thomas Pag. 24 - 25 2006 Uitgever Key Publishing, Stamford