RAF Museum gate guardians to be renovated
As part of the preparations for next year’s RAF Centenary, the gate guardians at RAF Museum London are being renovated. This week, the Museum’s Mk II Hurricane and Mk IX Spitfire replicas were dismantled and prepared for transportation to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre in Cosford.
Both replicas will be returned back to the museum’s London site in time for the museum’s commemorations and celebrations of the centenary of the foundation of the RAF on 1 April 2018. They will be positioned so that they welcome members of the public as they enter through the new entrance on Grahame Park Way.
The Hurricane's markings are currently those of No 121 (Eagle) Squadron, based at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire during the summer of 1941. These will be changed to that of the Hurricane flown by Sgt Ray Holmes of No.504 Squadron from RAF Hendon on 15 September 1940. In an act of selfless bravery, Sgt Holmes prevented a Dornier Do 17 from completing its mission by ramming it with the wing of his aircraft, forcing the bomber to crash in the forecourt of Victoria Station. His Hurricane was badly damaged, crashing near the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Holmes bailed out injured but survived.
The new scheme for the Spitfire has yet to be decided.
IMAGE COURTESY RAF MUSEUM
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