Israeli Air Force
Aeroflight Home Page
 World Air Forces
Back to Aircraft Types Index Page

Israel
Air Force


Aircraft Types


Supermarine Spitfire ('?')
Two LF.IX assembled from crashed Egyptian aircraft during June 1948. Fifty-nine LF.IXe purchased from Czech AF 7 Oct 1948. First 21 delivered by air (Operation Velveta I Sept 1948 & Velveta II Dec 1948) but only 15 arrived safely - 3 more arrived later. Remaining aircraft delivered by ship in Dec 1948, Feb 1949 and Nov 1949. Thirty LF.IX acquired from Italian AF in 1951 and delivered by air 1951-52. Total of 90 Spitfires acquired. Thirty sold to Burma in mid-1954. Last Israeli aircraft withdawn Feb 1956.

Mostly LF.IXe version with clipped wings. Used by 101, 105 and 107 sqns for interceptor, fighter-bomber and advanced training roles. Hebrew name means Merlin.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
2001/10     July 1948 LF.IX, initially D-130, rebuilt from wreck, full span wings, converted to photo-recon, w/o 12 Aug 1951 electrical fire
2002/11     Oct 1948 LF.IXc, initially D-131, rebuilt from wreck, w/o 11 Oct 1949
2003/12     27 Sept 1948 LF.IXe, initially D-132, ex-Czech, crashed 25 Dec 1953
2004/14     27 Sept 1948 LF.IXe, initially D-133, ex-Czech, w/o 4 Jan 1949
2005     27 Sept 1948 LF.IXe, initially D-134, ex-Czech, crashed 16 Oct 1948
2006/22   TE555 Nov 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, belly landed Niksic 24 Sept 1948, delivered by C-46, soc 1952
2007     1950 LF.IX, ex-Egyptian, damaged 18 June 1950, soc 1952
2008/15     23 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 3 Oct 1954 UB422, but belly landed in Iraq and abandoned
2009     23 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 3 Oct 1954 UB423
2010/25     26 Dec 1948 LF.IXc, ex-Czech, to Burma 29 June 1955 UB433
2011/26   SL632 23 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 3 Nov 1949
2012/16   TE558? 23 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 4 Jan 1955
2013/18     26 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 2 Mar 1955 UB449
2014/24     26 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 13 Dec 1949
2015/23     30 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, landed Niksic 19 Dec 1948, delivered by C-46, w/o 5 July 1949
2016/21     26 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 28 Sept 1949
2017/20     26 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 9 Dec 1954
2018/17     26 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma UB435 but w/o 22 Aug 1955 before delivery
2019/19     30 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, landed Niksic 19 Dec 1948, delivered by C-46, soc 1952
2020   ML119 Dec 1948 LF.IXc, ex-Czech, to Burma 15 Feb 1955 UB441, restored in UK
2021/21     Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 27 Nov 1951
2022/29     Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 21 June 1950
2023/37     Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 14 Apr 1955 UB438
2024     Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 13 Nov 1954 UB421, preserved Burma
2025/31     Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 23 Sept 1953
2026     Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 29 Nov 1954 UB431, preserved Burma
2027   TE527 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 16 Dec 1953
2028   TE578 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to UB425 but not delivered, soc Feb 1956, Hatzerim Museum '2011'
2029     Dec 1948 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, wfu ? date
2030     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc 1953
2031     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc 1954
2032   TE566 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc Feb 1956, restored in UK G-BLCK, to ZU-SPT
2033     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 1955 UB4??
2034     Feb 1949 LF.IXc, ex-Czech, to Burma 29 June 1955 UB426
2035   TE575 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc Feb 1956
2036     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 1955 UB4??
2037     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 3 Jan 1955
2038     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 1953
2039     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 13 Nov 1954 UB427
2040     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, wfu ? date
2041     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 3 Nov 1954 UB428
2042     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 14 Aug 1955 UB425, preserved Burma, to USA
2043     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 15 Feb 1955 UB432
2044     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, wfu ? date
2045/17     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o early 1954
2046   TE517 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc Feb 1956, restored UK G-BIXP, to G-CCIX
2047     Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 1952
2048   TE559 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc Aug 1954, broken for spares
2049   TE564 10 Dec 1950 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, force-landed Rhodes 27 Sept 1948 & interned, soc 27 July 1954, to Burma 1956?
2050     Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 29 Nov 1954 UB436
2051   TE516 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 7 Oct 1953, to GI airframe Haifa
2052     Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 29 Nov 1954 UB446
2053     Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, damaged Mar 1952
2054     Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 10 May 1953
2055   TE567 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc Feb 1956
2056     Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, w/o 8 Jan 1954
2057   TE554 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, soc Feb 1956, preserved Hatzerim Museum
2058     Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 15 Feb 1955 UB439
2059     Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, to Burma 2 Mar 1955 UB430
2060     24 Apr 1951 LF.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4123, w/o 28 Sept 1955
2061     25 Mar 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, w/o 17 Apr 1956
2062   ML416 19 Apr 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4125, w/o 9 Dec 1954
2063   MJ830 16 Apr 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4070, w/o 1 June 1955
2064     22 Apr 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, soc Feb 1956
2065   MJ673 20 Apr 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4059, soc Feb 1956
2066   MJ730 25 Apr 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4094, soc Feb 1956, restored UK G-HFIX
2067   PT462 25 Apr 1952 HF.IXe, ex-Italy MM 4100, soc Feb 1956, restored UK G-CTIX
2068   MJ571 11 June 1952 FR.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4102, soc Feb 1956
2069     25 May 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma 14 Aug 1955 UB429
2070     Aug 1951 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma Mar 1955 UB440
2071     17 July 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, w/o 1 Aug 1954
2072     Aug 1951 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma Apr 1955 UB4??
2073     1951? LF.IXe, ex-Italy, soc Feb 1956
2074     May 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma 14 Aug 1955 UB437
2075     7 Oct 1951 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, soc Feb 1956
2076     1951? LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma 2 Mar 1955 UB444
2077     1951? LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma 15 Feb 1955 UB434
2078   EN145 1951? F.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4116, soc Feb 1956, Hatzerim Museum
2079     10 July 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma 14 May 1955 UB448
2080   PV270 14 May 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy MM 4014, to Burma 29 June 1955 UB424, preserved
2081   MA617 6 Dec 1951 F.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4044, w/o 4 Apr 1954
2082   PT481 1951? HF.IXe, ex-Italy MM 4126, soc Feb 1956
2083   EN632 29 May 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4051, w/o 20 Sept 1955, broken for spares
2084     1951? LF.IXe, ex-Italy, soc Feb 1956
2085     1951? LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma 14 Apr 1955 UB447
2086   MA453 1951? F.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4031, soc 1954
2087     7 July 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to Burma 29 Nov 1954 UB443
2088     1951? LF.IXe, ex-Italy, soc Feb 1956
2089     May 1951 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, soc Feb 1956
2090     1948 LF.IXe, rebuilt Egyptian a/c (REAF 664?), to Burma 14 Apr 1955 UB445
    SL594 Sept 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta I
    TE531 Sept 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta I
    TE532 Sept 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta I
    TE555 Nov 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta I, belly landed Yugoslavia, to Israel Nov 1948 as 2006
-   TE557 n/a LF.IXe, Velveta I, force-landed Rhodes, interned 27 Sept 1948, not delivered, crashed by Greek pilot 1950, w/o
    TE564 1950 LF.IXe, Velveta I, force-landed Rhodes, interned, to Israel 1950 as 2049
    MH750 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II, to 2010
    NH174 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    SL628 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    SL629 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II force-landed, by ship Nov 1949
    SL630 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    SL632 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II, to 2011
    SL649 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    SL655 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    SL656 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    SL657 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    SL664 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    TE512 n/a LF.IXe, Velveta II, crashed Yugoslavia 18 Dec 1948 wrecked
    TE519 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II
    TE558 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, Velveta II, to 2012
    TE572 n/a LF.IXe, Velveta II, crashed Yugoslavia 18 Dec 1948 wrecked
    ML119 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, by ship, to 2020
    PL250    
    PT621    
    PV205    
    SL625    
    SL627    
    SL633    
    SL634    
    SL648    
    SL650    
    SL652    
    SL653    
    TE513    
    TE517 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, by ship to 2046
    TE518    
    TE522    
    TE523    
    TE524    
    TE527 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, by ship to 2027?
    TE551    
    TE559 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, by ship to 2048
    TE560    
    TE561    
    TE566 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, by ship to 2032
    TE569    
    TE573    
    TE575 Feb 1949 LF.IXe, by ship to 2035
    TE576    
    TE578 Dec 1948 LF.IXe, by ship to 2028
    MJ752 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship
    MK257 Nov 1949 LF.IXc, by ship
    SL629 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, Velveta II, force-landed, by ship
    SL651 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship
    SL654 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship
    SL662 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship
    TE515 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship, to 2058
    TE516 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship, to 2051
    TE554 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship, to 2057
    TE567 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, by ship, to 2055
    EN145 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2078
    EN632 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2083
    MA453 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2086
    MA617 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2081
    MA618 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2084
    MH785 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy MM 4066
    MH985 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy MM 4128
    MJ571 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2068
    MJ673 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2065
    MJ730 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2066
    MJ830 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2063
    MK207 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy, MM 4120
    MK679 1952 LF.IXc, ex-Italy, MM 4135
    ML410 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2060
    ML416 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2062
    NH242 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, MM 4095
    NH431 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, MM 4027
    PL127 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, MM 4099
    PT462 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2067
    PT481 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2082
    PT625 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, MM 4048
    PV270 1952 LF.IXe, ex-Italy, to 2080
    RR191 1952 FR.IXe, ex-Italy, MM 4119
    RR251 1952 HF.IXe, ex-Italy, MM 4113
    TE556 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, for spare-parts only
    TE574 Nov 1949 LF.IXe, ex-Czech, for spare-parts only

References:

  • Spitfire International (Air-Britain)
  • Air Enthusiast No.63 & 65
  • Air Enthusiast No.78 & 79
  • Spitfire - Star of Israel (Yolfe)
  • Spitfires Over Israel
  • Wings Over Suez



^ Top of Page  << Last Page   Index Page   Next Page >>  Site Search 
First Created: 2 January 1999 - Last Revised: 13 March 2007
Copyright © 1999 John Hayles.     e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk