The entire premise for the rebuild of Hawker Typhoon RB396 is to provide a memorial to the brave veterans who built, tested, delivered, maintained, flew and fought the type during and immediately after WWII, especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial will not be carved from stone for only a handful to see, it will live, breath, work and fly. It will be seen by millions and the Typhoon story, long confined to the history books, can finally be told.
To tell the Typhoon story effectively and to make the memorial a permanent and fitting tribute to all who served on the type, we need to hear from those who were there. As the aircraft is built, and when she is complete, we want that memorial to be a story of all who played a part in it, with their names interwoven in the fabric of the aircraft. To do that, we need your help..
As part of our Typhoon Initiative For Family – TIFFy we are actively reaching out to family members and descendents, or friends, of Typhoon veterans. And, we are seeking to make contact with any surviving Typhoon veterans and their families. Do you know someone who worked for Hawker, Gloster, Napier, perhaps Vokes, Dowty, the Pressed Metal Company or any other cottage industry that played a part in designing and building Typhoons? Perhaps a family member was in the ATA and delivered Typhoons to frontline squadrons? Maybe your family member maintained them in the field, or flew them. We want to hear from you.
We cannot rebuild RB396 alone, but collectively we can. Collectively we can tell all those stories that might otherwise be forgotten to history. Collectively, we can ensure that the memorial is a fitting tribute to all those brave young men and women who shone in a time of darkness over 75 years ago.
If you are a family member, a friend, or indeed a veteran, even if you do not know all of the details, please come forward. Please supply us with as much information as you have by using the form below, and we will be in touch for more information.
What better memorial is there to a Typhoon veteran, than to have their name permanently etched onto Hawker Typhoon RB396 forever more?