In Holland, the remains of Spitfire IX, PL258 FN-K, from 331 (Norwegian) Squadron – flown by 2nd lt. (ensign) Carl Jacob Stousland, and which crash landed on the 29th of December 1944, was discovered. The aircraft landed on its belly in a field near the village of Tubbergen. The story behind both aircraft and pilot are memorable.
The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation has now purchased the remains of PL258. These form the core of a restoration and rebuild project, and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK has allocated G-NSFS as a temporary registration. When the aircraft restoration is finally completed and test-flown, PL258 will be transferred to the Norwegian register.
NSF will own the project and promote it as it wishes. Already now during the restoration and rebuild process, PL258 will be used to tell the story of the Norwegian fighter pilots and the ground staff in the UK and on the Continent during WW2.
The restoration will for the most part take place at and be managed by the Aircraft Restoration Company in England.
These decals will represent two schemes for PL258 and also one for PV181 "RAB" flown by Wing Cmdr flying, Rolf Arne Berg