The Nizam of Hyderabad, a British protectorate, bought fifteen Spitfires as A Gift to the Royal Air Force



Above: John Rowden in a Spitfire. The Commonwealth countries paid for a large number of aircraft which were then adorned with the names of places in the presenting countries. The Nizam of Hyderabad paid for fifteen aircraft and this may have been one of them, the name possibly mis-spelled as the town has always been known as Aurangabad.

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