There were over 1200 young men and women who flew the Hawker Typhoon during WWII, 56% of them made the ultimate sacrifice. There is no memorial to these brave young men and women, the thousands of ground crew and support staff who kept the machines operating, nor to those who designed, built, tested and delivered the aircraft. We strongly feel that they deserve one. This memorial will not be carved from stone, or cast in bronze, viewed only by those who make the special journey to see it. This memorial will work, live and breath. It will fly, and it will be seen by many.
The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group is a charitable organisation, run entirely by volunteers, and exists to raise the funds required to rebuild Hawker Typhoon MkIb, RB396, as the lasting legacy those brave men and women deserve. The rebuild of RB396 to airworthy condition cannot be achieved alone. We need financial support; £5million is needed to cover the cost of the rebuild. We need your help. Join those who have already contributed in excess of £750,000 since the formation of the charity in 2016, and who have enabled the rebuild to commence, with the first section nearing completion. With your help, the rebuild can continue, progress, and be completed.
Bernard Gardiner is one of the last remaining WWII Hawker Typhoon pilots and a strong supporter of the project to rebuild RB396. He flew the Hurricane and Typhoon during the war, but one aircraft eluded him – the Spitfire. Bernard originally joined the Royal Air Force on the 3rd October 1940, while the Battle of Britain raged overhead. Now, almost exactly 80 years later the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (HTPG) arranged something incredibly special for him.
Do you have a veteran of the Typhoon story in your family, do you, or did you, know someone? Perhaps they helped to design, build, test or deliver the aircraft? Maybe they were a ground crew member, maintaining them in the field, or a pilot flying them in combat?
If so, we want to hear from you…Read more