First of 15 Spitfires (1 VC and 14 VIII Models) aircraft issued to RAN FAA, with the last was issued on 27/10/1948. They were trucked to Nowra for use as non-flying deck handling training aids and starting arriving from 7/10/1948.48. The Spitfire’s were taxiied around the dummy deck at Nowra and used to train ground handling staff. After serving their purpose the aircraft were deleted from charge in 1952. Finally, the Spitfires ended up on the fire-ground, where they were set alight to give fire crews exercise in extinguishing aircraft fires. The story goes that the remains were then bulldozed into the ground at the old rubbish tip.