Resurrecting a Forgotten Legend

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 breathe. It will fly, and it will be seen by many.

How you can help

Become a supporter

Make a donation

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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 £1million 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.

Recent updates

Charity song celebrating Dave Hands

Normandy-80th D-Day Anniversary

Remembering D-Day and the Typhoon

Bernard’s 100th birthday celebration

Easter weekend saw a second world war Hawker Typhoon veteran, his family and guests, descend upon the RAF Club, London, to mark a very special milestone. Bernard Gardiner flew the Hawker Hurricane and the Hawker Typhoon during the conflict, on the latter he flew 71 operational missions over enemy occupied territory before the war came to an end – a remarkable feat.

Typhoon Initiative for Family (TIFFy)

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…

Support us

Would you like to have a direct input on the rebuild? The best way to get started is to become a supporter. You’ll receive some great benefits and most importantly of all, every penny will go into the labour cost of getting RB396 back into the sky.