Laguna’s Spitfire Legacy
“WE STARTED WITH A SPITFIRE ENGINE, A PLAN FOR A COFFEE TABLE AND A HEROIC STORY WHICH LED US HERE.” Quote – Scott Booth – LSL Founder
The Laguna’s Spitfire Legacy story began in 2016 when project founder Scott Booth, was fortunate enough to take a flight in a two-seater spitfire. Whilst waiting in the holding area, Scott spotted a magnificent coffee table made from an old Rolls Royce Griffon engine used in late Mark Spitfires, and then began an almost impossible task to find one for himself. In 2018 however, Scott found an original early Rolls Royce Merlin engine and after discovering the same Air Ministry Serial numbers all over the engine, his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to find out more about this engine, the plane, and the men who flew it.
This is where the story of Acting Wing Commander Piotr Łaguna (pronounced Pyotr Wagoona) and the brave pilots who flew in P8331 and Polish 303 Squadron (immortalised in the 2018 movie) took off from there.
“We think these brave pilots who were there for us at our greatest time of need should get the recognition they deserve and at LSL we want to make this happen, through interaction with the public at organized events such as Polish Heritage days, air shows and other such appropriate wartime events around the country.”
This will take place in the form of the restoration of 303 Squadron Spitfire, P8331 RF-M Sumatra. Acting Wing Commander Laguna flew this aircraft for the last time and was lost on 27th June 1941 over Coquelles, France. This will be for the public to see, touch and experience what it was like to sit in a Spitfire. Supporting this will be an exhibition of personal equipment and articles relating to the aircraft and pilots.
Help us raise awareness for the WW2 Polish fighter pilots and all the others who risked their lives in defence of Britain at our greatest time of need.
JOIN US AND TOGETHER WE’LL CREATE A LASTING LEGACY FOR THE FORGOTTEN FEW!
For more information and to support Laguna’s Spitfire Legacy please visit www.lagunasspitfirelegacy.org or see their social media pages.