Firefly WB518 was one of the first of 10 MK VIs
built, but still retained the earlier fuselage of the
MK V. It was
originally delivered to the Royal Australian Navy's 817 Squadron. It
its aircraft for
those of 816 Squadron for duty in Korea. After being
retired from service, WB518
ended up on a pole in
Griffith, NSW, where it served as a memorial to airmen.
later, an Australian
organization purchased the damaged wreck of Firefly WD828 and arranged
swap it for WB518's
fuselage. It was purchased in 1994 by Eddie Kurdziel, a NWA
former U.S. Navy pilot. Over the years he has extensively
restored it and was the winner of the
Post-WW II Warbird Grand
Champion at the EAA's Air Venture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2002.
The above photo was taken long
before all this, of course, and is from the collection of Nick
That's little Nick (aged 4 or 5) standing with an unknown
officer. The photo was
by his father, Fred Lindsley who had a notable career in aviation.