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23 August, 2021 - 21:08 By Tony Quested

Birketts helps Freedman Electronics Group founder to buy WWII Spitfire

East Anglia law firm Birketts has advised on the purchase of one of the few remaining airworthy WWII Spitfires in the UK.

It has been bought by Peter Freedman, chairman and founder of Australian company the Freedman Electronics Group – owner of brands including RØDE Microphones and Soundfield.

The plane is being stored at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. The transaction was handled by Birketts’ partner Nigel Thompson. The value of the purchase is undisclosed.

The 1945 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. XVIe, (TE184) was built at Castle Bromwich in Staffordshire before being stored in Shropshire from May of that year. 

Changing hands several times and carefully maintained over the last 75 years, the plane is now one of fewer than 40 wartime airworthy Spitfires remaining in the UK.

Nigel Thompson said: “I’m delighted to help Peter with the purchase of this incredible piece of wartime history. The importance of these planes and the work of thousands of RAF pilots will never be overstated. 

“It is great to see the Spitfire under the ownership of someone who will ensure it is cared for so it may be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Peter Freedman added: “The Spitfire is a legendary aircraft and to own one is truly a privilege – let alone one ready to take to the sky. 

“I’m grateful as always for Nigel’s work in bringing this transaction to a swift and successful conclusion.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: The plane pictured over the white cliffs of Dover. Credit Richard Paver.

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