HURRICANE IIb BE505
The Hangar 11 Collection's Hurricane is unusual in depicting a so-called 'Hurribomber', the fighter-bomber derivative of the famous Hawker type that operated extensively over occupied Europe in 1941-42, dropping 250lb or 500lb bombs. This example was built by Canadian Car and Foundry in 1942. Initially destined for the RAF as a Hurricane I, it was diverted to the Royal Canadian Air Force and later upgraded to become a Hurricane XII. Serving latterly in the operational training role, the aircraft was struck off RCAF charge in September 1944. It was sold post-war into civilian hands, remaining largely intact if un-flown. Tony Ditheridge of Hawker Restorations brought the airframe to the UK, and started restoring it at his Suffolk facility in 2005. Peter Teichman's Hangar 11 Collection acquired the Hurricane in 2007. It took to the air for its first post-restoration flight from Peter's base at North Weald on 27 January 2009. The colour scheme is that of a 'Hurribomber' operated from Manston by No 174 (Mauritius) Squadron in early 1942.