Sgt. George “Screwball” Beurling was the highest-scoring Canadian ace, with 31 credited victories, the majority of which were scored over Malta. BR323 was one of the Spitfires he flew with 249 Squadron at Malta, achieving 5 victories with this aircraft in July 1942. The dual drop tanks on the centerline were a field improvisation, the blue camouflage was applied in theater and has been interpreted in several ways.
This is a No. 249 Squadron Spitfire Mk. Vc Trop defending Malta in the Summer of 1942. Many of the Malta Spitfires were re-camouflaged locally and the colors used are still debated. This example was finished in an overall “dark blue”, I have chosen Insignia Blue for my model.