Originally shared by Lord Anubis

Spitfire Mk.IXc BS456, coded UZ-Z of 306 (Polish) Squadron at Northolt on the 16th November 1942. Note the 30 gallon slipper tank on the underside behind the air intake, which increased the Spitfire’s fairly short range somewhat. The aircraft was piloted by Flight Lieutenant Józef Żulikowski. Close examination of the picture shows a dot above the Z- this is confirmation that this was Żulikowski’s aircraft as it conforms with the spelling of Żulikowski. The Z was also painted in black on the underside of the nose too.

BS456 went on to serve with another Polish unit, 316 Squadron. On 22nd August 1943 316 conducted a Ramrod, or shipping strike, mission over the English Channel near Sangatte in North East France. Near the port of Rouen, 316 Squadron was attacked by Focke-Wulf Fw-190s and BS456, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Lew Kurylowicz, shot down a Focke-Wulf but on way home BS456 developed engine trouble and Kurylowicz had to bail out. He spent five days in his dinghy before being rescued.