Canadian Warplanes 5: Supermarine Seafire

Supermarine Seafire

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5067023)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial No. PR434), 803 Squadron, HMCS Warrior.

RCN Supermarine Seafires

The Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Spitfire adapted for operation from aircraft carriers.  The RCN acquired 35 Seafire post-War.  Canada's Seafire Mk. XVs were flown from HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Warrior before being replaced by Hawker Sea Furies in 1948.

Supermarine Type 377 Seafire Mk. XV (35), (Serial Nos. PR375, PR410, PR425, PR428, PR434, PR451, PR458, PR460, PR461, PR470, PR479, PR494, PR496, PR498, PR499, PR500, PR501, PR502, PR503, PR504. PR506, SR459, SR464, SR530, SR545, SW793, SW802, SW809, SW815, SW860, SW869, SW870, SW909).

(RCN Photo via Fred Paradie)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial No. PR460).

(DND Photo, DNS-399, Dartmouth Naval Station, via Barry Macleod)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial No. PR461), with (Serial No. PR504) next and (Serial No. 508) at the far end.

(RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial Nos. PR461, PR479, PR434), No. 883 Squdron, and a Fairey Firefly. Possibly another Seafire running behind PR461.

(A Gibbons Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Supermarine Seafire, RCN (Serial No. PR498).

(RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial No. PR500).

(RCN Photo via James Craik)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial No. PR548).

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584065)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial No. PR494), with silver spinner.  This aircraft was used for cold-weather testing, Armstrong, Ontario, 21 May  1947.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584064)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, RCN (Serial No. PR494), with silver spinner.  This aircraft was used for cold-weather testing, Armstrong, Ontario, 21 May  1947.


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Supermarine Type 377 Seafire Mk. XV, RCN.

(Wilma Bearman Photo via Don Smith)

Supermarine Type 377 Seafire Mk. XV (Serial No. SW802).

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Supermarine 377 Seafire Mk. XV (Serial No. PR451), TG-B,at HMCS Tecumseh, ca. 1977, before being restored and moved indoors.

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Supermarine 377 Seafire Mk. XV (Serial No. PR451), TG-B.  Naval Museum of Alberta, the Military Museums, Calgary, Alberta.

(Robert Le Pine Photo)

Supermarine 377 Seafire Mk. XV (Serial No. PR451), TG-B.  Naval Museum of Alberta, the Military Museums, Calgary, Alberta.

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Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV project.  Michael Potter, Vintage Wings of Canada, Gatineau, Quebec.

(Dave Miller Photos)

Supermarine Seafire F Mk. XV, RN (Serial No. PR503), Reg. No. N503PR. Owned by Wes Stricker and based at Columbia, Missouri.  Potentially airworthy but not flown for some time.  She wears the codes PR503 / -K to replicate the markings she wore whilst serving with Royal Canadian Navy No. 803 Squadron, from 7 Dec 1945 to RCN.  To a private owner in Hamilton Ontario, Reg. No. C-GCWK, now in Missouri.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4950856)

A number of Canadian pilots flew with the Fleet Air Arm, most notably Lt (N) Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSO. I found this shot in the Archives of a line-up of Fleet Air Arm aircraft at RNAS Mill Meece, HMS Fledgling ca 1943/44.  The facility was used to train WRNS Air Mechanics (Ordnance) on FAA aircraft. The aircraft in this photo include a Supermarine Seafire Mk. I, a Chance Vought Corsair, a Grumman Martlet, two Fairey Barracudas, and possibly a Hawker Sea Hurricane or Fairey Fulmar.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3239462)

The Royal Canadian Navy mustered a Seafire formation team in the late 1940s.  Black Flight of the Seafire Exhibition Team - five pilots from HMCS Shearwater, Nova Scotia, line up in front of an RCN Supermarine Seafire.  Left to Right: Acting Lieutenant-Commander W.O. Munro, Lieutenant M.E. Wasteneys, Lieutenant J.P. Whitby, Lieutenant J.B. Hartle and Lieutenant E.A. Myers, 17 Aug 1949.

Seafires of the RCN exhibition team warming up at de Havilland Canada's Downsview facility prior to a show there in September of 1949 - the first Canadian International Air Show.  DeHavilland employees, in white coveralls, assist Navy ratings.  (Photo via Ron Beard Collection)

(Photo courtesy of Lee Walsh)

Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV, No. 803 Squadron, Aug 1946.  Bob Falls demonstration aircraft. Note the 803 Squadron crest on the starboard side.  On the port side, the team had pin-up girls painted on the cockpit door.

(Admiral Digby Museum Photo, Accession No. 2021.78.01S)

A pair of RCN Supermarine Seafiire Mk. XVs on board HMCS Warrior, c1946. Shortly after arriving in Canada the RCN had to relegate the Seafires to land borne duties only as a defect Griffin supercharger clutch prevented carrier landing.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Royal Navy Supermarine Seafire Mk. XVII, which used the more powerful Griffon VI engine and carried two 20-mm Hispano cannon as well as four machine guns. Canadair CL-13 Sabres and an RCAF North Star in the background.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Royal Navy Supermarine Seafire Mk. XVII, which used the more powerful Griffon VI engine and carried two 20-mm Hispano cannon as well as four machine guns.