Spitfire RW388 was donated to the City of Stoke-on-Trent in 1972. This honours Reginald J. Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire, who was born and educated in north Staffordshire. You can find out more about Mitchell and his iconic aircraft design through the links below.
We are currently working with a range of partners to restore RW388 and celebrate the connection between R.J. Mitchell and The Potteries. Our vision is for RW388 to be the ‘type’ LF Mk.XVIe Spitfire on static display, as it appeared when delivered to RAF 667 Squadron in August 1945.
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Type: Single-seat fighter-bomber
Serial Number: RW388
Mark: XVI (16)
Designation: LF (Low altitude fighter)
Wing Type: ‘E’ type with clipped wingtips
Armaments: 2x 20mm Mk.II Hispano cannon, 2x 0.50 calibre Browning machine guns. Capacity for 1 x 500lb bomb on central rack and 2 x 250lb bombs under each wing.
Engine: Merlin 266 (1,720-hp liquid-cooled V-12, two-stage, two-speed supercharger)
Airscrew: 4 blade constant speed Rotol airscrew with wooden blades
Top Speed: 406 mph
Range: 430 miles (without extra tanks)
Climb Rate: 20,000 ft in 6 minutes 42 seconds
Service Ceiling: 41,500 ft.
Camouflage: grey and green
Essentially the same as Mk. IX Spitfire, but adapted for the the American built Packard Merlin.
Cut-down rear fuselage with bubble canopy.
A total of 1,054 Mk. XVI Spitfire were built at Castle Bromwich.
Fitted with a larger, pointed ‘Mk. VIII-type rudder’ often fitted to late-production Spitfires.
Elevator has straight-angled mass balance horns – tips point forwards rather than 45̊ angle, as featured on all but the earliest Mk. XVI Spitfires. [/symple_toggle]
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In 2015 History West Midlands created four short films about the Spitfire and the West Midlands, including footage of RW388 and interviews with staff at the museum.
Want to know more? Click the boxes below for external links and downloadable information sheets. If you have any queires about the Spitfire or related collections please contact us.