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    Remembering Douglas Bader.
    Click on html below.

    https://www.rafbf.org/leavealegacy/douglas-bader

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    For a number of year, in the late 50's early 60's, I had too pass by Biggin Hill airadrome.
    Outside there was a Spitfire and a Hurricane on show.
    I wonder are they still there?
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    I do recall the Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane now near the Gates to the Entrance where the Chapel of Remembrance was or still is Could not miss that !
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    The entrance is flanked by full-scale replicas of a Hurricane and a Spitfire.

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    Well we can see that Keith by the Photo i have posted!?
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    Sorry, just the point was that they are replicas.

    The first known gate Guard was a Spitfire F MkVb "BM597" at RAF Hednesford from 1945. It spent many years at Church Fenton. This aircraft is now a popular display aircraft regularly flown by Charlie Brown

    And the Hurricane IIcb LF738 went on display at Biggin Hill on 19-9-54 and remained until February 1984 when RAE Society Medway Branch restored it.

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    Thanks Keith but remember i was in the RAF and have been around a lot as far as RAF things go, not saying that info should not be posted. Good for others as well.
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    No worries, the thread was to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

    LEST WE FORGET.

    https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles...le-of-britain/

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    For a number of year, in the late 50's early 60's, I had too pass by Biggin Hill airadrome.
    Outside there was a Spitfire and a Hurricane on show.
    I wonder are they still there?
    At the time you saw these John, they would have been the real deal, but as time went on these planes became very valuable , many were
    sold and restored to be airworthy hence there is quite a few spitfires flying at airshows today. there are many Fibreglass replicas around now,
    but you can easily spot them if you know what you are looking at. I have been to Biggin hill air shows a few times in the past, there is a
    valley of some sort next to Biggin Hill, a favourite trick of the fighter pilots is to fly into the valley and then zoom up from nowhere to
    surprise everyone, at one Battle of Britain show in the eighties a pilot by name of Don Bullock flew a Douglas invader into the valle and
    crashed, killing all seven on board, we heard it hit the ground, it sounded like somebody had jumped on a cardboard box a sort of
    crumpling noie, at Duxford they have a B17 Flying Fortress named Sally B, Don Bullock was a bit of a "Daredevil flyer" I once saw
    him fly Sally B on it's side one wing to the air the other to the ground and very low, a crazy stunt for that plane, they have never
    found what went wrong and so cause the Invader to crash, cheers

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    On the day of the crash, a B-25 flew in low and fast over the field, piloted by John 'Jeff' Hawke and Rodney Small, he was also carrying passengers and one young lad in particular had jumped out of the B-25's hatch and ran over to Bullock to ask him if he could take a flight in the Invader as he had never flown in that type.

    He died along with six other people.

    Those lost in the Accident:

    Don Bullock ( Pilot )
    Peter Warren ( Associate )
    Arthur Heath of Broadwalk, Heston, Middlesex ( Director of F&H Aircraft )
    CMSgt Don Thompson ( Ground engineer for the A-26 ) Upper Heyford USAF ground crew.
    Sgt Mechanic Kevin Vince ( assistant to Thompson ) Upper Heyford USAF ground crew.
    Gary French of Brighton Close Hillingdon.
    Roger Russell of Firglen Drive, Yately Hampshire.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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