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    I am trying to trace the serial and/or history of a presentation Spitfire entitled "Vauxhall Bedford". I understand it was presented around October 1940. Any details welcome, thank you.

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    According to Boot & Sturtivant no such aircraft is listed, but Vauxhall (Bedford) donated Wywern I & II, but later than 1940, aka BM465 and BL571. A number of IWM photoreferences are listed.

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    Hi Tommy,

    I have checked RAF Serials L-N, P-R, T-V and W-Z which contain aircraft from the period 1940-41 but there is not Spitfire entitled "Vauxhall Bedford".

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    Pavel & Mikkel thanks for your help on that one much appreciated.

    Tommy

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    Tommy,

    London Times, 23 November 1940:

    "Four hundred dealers who are agents for Vauxhall cars and Bedford trucks have presented a Spitfire to the nation this week. A "shareholder" badge has been issued to all subscribers".

    So, the two firms were indeed involved in the presentation of a Spitfire but no clue as to the actual naming of the aircraft, if it was in fact "named".

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    Thanks Ken that bit of information seems to fit the bill.

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    The a/c were Wyvern I and Wyvern II, BM465 and BL571 respectively, given by Vauxhall/Bedford motor dealers. (Gifts of War page 375)

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    DaveW

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