Dec 30

RB396 movement details discovered


Image © Polish Aviation Museum

After contact through our website, we are pleased to be able to add one more piece into the jigsaw of RB396’s life. With thanks to Darren Pitcher for spotting the image on a Polish website, charting the wartime flying career of ATA pilot Anna Leska-Daab, we can confirm that RB396 was delivered from RAF Lichfield to RAF Westhampnett on 09 Dec 44. The image, found in amongst a sea of logbook photos and scans on shows in some detail the amount of ferry flying, and the variety of aircraft being flown, by Anna and clearly depicts her arrival at RAF Westhampnett.


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Dec 12

Pro-built models now available

image012We are extremely pleased to have Richard Spreckley of supporting the Hawker Typhoon RB396 Restoration Project. Richard is an established award winning scale modeller whose outstanding work speaks for itself! He specialises in quarter scale aircraft but has been known to build larger models and also stray into the wold of ships and science fiction. He is one of only a dozen modellers, hand picked by Airfix to build models for their publication, such is his level of ability.

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Dec 03

New Website and Webstore

After a lot of hard work behind the scenes by the team (and a lot of late nights), we are proud to present a new webpage and shop for RB396 merchandise. Please browse the new features available which should give a more indepth view into the project, its roots and the future. The Webpage is in constant development with new features and articles being added all the time, all updates will be posted here on the NEWS page so check back often. We hope you enjoy the new look

Oct 29

Project Launch – Boultbee Flight Academy, Goodwood

The 29th October 2016 saw the public launch of the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group’s exciting project to restore Hawker Typhoon Mk.1b RB396 to airworthy condition in time for the D-Day 80th anniversary in 2024. The event featured three guests of honour, wartime Typhoon pilots Flt Lt David Ince DFC, Flt Lt Derek Lovell and Flt Lt George Wood and was held before an audience of over 150 media representatives and supporters at the Boultbee Flight Academy Hangar, Goodwood Aerodrome.

The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group aims to restore a Napier Sabre powered Hawker Typhoon Mk.1b aircraft to flight using the substantial remains of serial number RB396, and demonstrate the aircraft to the public as a living memorial to the Typhoon crews who flew in support of Allied air operations during the invasion of occupied Europe.

RB396 was one of 3,317 Typhoons manufactured during the early 1940s. The aircraft saw combat with No. 121 Wing of the Second Tactical Air Force’s No. 83 Group, and survived a forced landing on 1 April 1945. This airframe will form the basis for a major restoration project, which will be carried out by professional organisations and individuals across the country. Once complete, this will be the world’s only airworthy example of the Typhoon, and the first Typhoon to be operated in private hands.

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May 18

Charity Status – Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group

typhoon_sepiaWe are truly proud to announce that Typhoon RB396 will be restored and owned by a Registered Charity here in England.

Our charity name is the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (1167143), our mission is not just to restore RB396 to flight but also to bring to light the efforts, daring and sacrifice of Typhoon crews during World War II. It was very important for us to become a Registered Charity as it allows the project and Typhoon RB396 to have a definitive outlook.

The aircraft can never be sold or used for any other purposes other than to benefit the charity, this means any donations and support we receive will be only ever be spent on bringing this aircraft and all of its background and history back for the public.  Find out more by clicking here to view the Project page.

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