The Spitfire has left the museum to begin an incredible new adventure. It will be restored to its former glory and return to the City as the star of a new display. The aircraft will be unveiled in its new home in 2021.
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.
We are working with a range of partners, including Operation Spitfire, 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 first put into service with RAF 667 Squadron in August 1945.
You can find out more information on RJ Mitchell and the Spitfire in the videos and resources below and by visiting www.spitfireRW388.org.uk.
Removing a Spitfire
RW388 on Film
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.