Battle of Britain Spitfire Cowling Section: Original WW2: One Only!
Original Item: One Only! Scroll down for more photos. International Military Antiques is offering a section of WW 2 Spitfire cowling for sale. This is the fuselage skin just in front of the windscreen. Originally rectangular in shape, the section was attached to the plane with a combination of quick-detach fasteners and countersunk screws. At the front end of the cowl are three circular openings, the larger being about 5-15/16 inches in diameter and the smaller two holes being about 1-3/8 inches in diameter. The larger hole provides access to the fuel tank.
Some traces of camouflage paint remain, being primarily khaki and sand with what looks like a dark gray. The aluminum itself is in surprisingly good condition with no corrosion. The steel fittings for the QD latches have rusted.
Since this item was recovered from a crash site, it is distorted from the impact. These dimensions represent our best effort at measuring the piece:
Length: Approximately 36 inches.
Width: Estimated at 54 inches. It measures 27 inches from one edge to the center of the large circular opening, and it is assumed that the part is symmetrical, making its original width at this point about 54 inches.
Weight: In its present condition, it weighs approximately 8.2 kilograms.
The fate of this aircraft has been recorded on page 523 of the monumental work The Battle of Britain Then and Now1:
Spitfire X4170. Shot down in combat with Bf 109s over Tunbridge Wells. Crashed in orchard near Capel 9.00 a. m. Pilot Officer R. W. Oxspring baled out slightly injured. Aircraft a write-off.
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This piece was recovered from the crash site. There can be no more dramatic relic of the
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