Spitfire RW388 is Stoke-on-Trent’s Mk.XVI Spitfire, on display at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Donated to the museum in 1972 by the RAF, it honours locally born designer Reginald J. Mitchell and his iconic World War II fighter design.
RW388 was built in 1945 at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham. It did not see combat in World War Two and was first a training aircraft and then later towed targets for Navy ships. RW388 went on to stand as a Gate Display at both RAF Benson and RAF Andover before being converted for the RAF’s 50th Anniversary Display at the 1968 Royal Tournment.
After the tournament the aircraft was restored to a Mk.XVI and prepared for presentation to the City of Stoke-on-Trent. In 1972 Air Chief Marshall Sir Neil Wheeler officially presented RW388 to the City on behalf of the RAF. RW388 is currently subject to an on-going process of research and restoration.
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