After a few years sojourn to Canada the RAF Museum now have their Typhoon back where it is being assembled for display at Hendon. Would have been nice to catch it when it was at Coningsby for a few weeks in the summer but at least it is safely home.
You might have seen stories in the last few days of the recovery of this MKI Spitfire from a Norwegian mountain. It is a rare PR version and will be restored to flight but I have to smile at the Independents report stating that it has been found 'intact'!
This is an image of some of the recovered parts. Most of the parts might ultimately be recovered but its not my version of intact but hey ho!
P-51D 'Pecos Bill' has reportedly crashed in to a parking lot in Fredericksburg, Texas yesterday taking the lives of two people on board the aircraft. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.
The IWM have an ongoing Lives of the First War project and I had a gt uncle, Henry Townson, who lost his life whilst serving with the 4th Battalion of The Rifle Brigade in 1918. He was actually the brother of the two gt aunts in my biplane post back here but this aside there is no aircraft connection. However I checked the record that the IWM project holds and it is very scant and it occurred to me that I am probably now one of the few people who knows anything of him so I've uploaded some details and will see what else I can find so that he will at least have a deserved place in the archives.
Below is his picture which I acquired some years ago from a late aunt. The reverse has a message that was written by my gt uncle's cousin in 1970 that inspired me to look in to the cousin's background a little more too. I knew that, unlike my uncle, he had emigrated to Canada with his family in 1907 but I found a newspaper obituary of his death in 1978 that referred to a serious injury sustained fighting in WWI. So it was back to the IWM project where there were also limited details of this chap except an attestation he signed in 1915 when he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went off to fight. The thing that I noticed on this was that he lied about his age stating he was 18 rather than the actual 17 presumably so he could join up that much sooner. I wonder what his family made of that.
Anyway, in this centenary year of the end of WWI I have been able to add a little about the lives of two brave soldiers that might otherwise be lost so, off topic as it is, I thought it worth a mention.
After stripping and restoring the starboard fin last winter the team at East Kirkby are turning their attention to the port side this winter. What looks pristine in the hangar reveals rotten wooden leading edges and other corrosion that needs addressing if Just Jane is to return to flight as hoped.
This is Mosquito PZ474 nearing completion at Ardmore NZ and looking pretty smart. It will be rolled out for public display next weekend and will ultimately become the third air worthy Mossie before going to its owner in Texas. Fingers crossed for the next one which should come to the UK
Seems an appropriate moment to put this up. The Australian War Memorial currently has a poppy display to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. There are 62,000 hand knitted poppies to mark their war dead from the conflict. It wasn't something I was aware of until we turned up on our first evening in Canberra. Very moving.
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