Despatches

The completed list of 501 Squadron pilots

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Slowly but surely getting all of the names in one place for 501 Squadron. It seems that 70 pilots flew with 501 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and at least 40% so far died in flying accidents or killed in action. If you have ANY ANY ANY information on 501 Squadron id like to […]

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Web site updates

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

WEB SITE UPDATES More work completed on the web site – www.Hurricane501.co.uk has more content – The plan is to add content to the web site with  History and interesting historical stories as a tribute and learning centre for all interested in the Battle of Britain and in particular to the famous 501 squadron.  

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The Tallest man in the Battle of Britain 6 feet 6″ – 501 squadron

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Robert Chippindall Dafforn DFC, of Burchetts Green, Berkshire was born at Horton, Windsor on 2nd March 1916. He was at Harrow School from 1929 to 1934 and after leaving worked in the Exchange Equalisation Department of the Bank of England. In 1936 Dafforn applied to join the RAFVR but was turned down because at over […]

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SD-X

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

  501 squadron – this is the 3rd recycle of SD – X Iv now seen! Hurricane V7497 was the original SD-X followed by Ken Mackenzie who rammed a German a 109 at Low level in to the sea in the second 501 squadron Hurricane SD-X in October 1940 winning him the DFC Then here […]

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Gibo’s Lost shoe!

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Picture taken during the late afternoon of the 15th August 1940 at ‘B’ Flight dispersal at RAF Hawkinge. The back story of the photograph is that John ‘Gibo’ Gibson had just arrived back at the airfield having been shot down from return fire from a Junkers Ju 87B (that itself crashed into 78, 80 and […]

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V7497 completed in time for the Duxford September Airshow

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Hurricane 501 V7497 was completed just in time to take part in the Battle of Britain Airshow at Duxford on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2018 – Unfortunately V7497 suffered a leaking rubber seal on the Hydraulics on the 23rd so couldn’t fly until the seal was replaced…. What to expect on a 78 […]

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V7497 is Airborne!!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Dear members …. Now V7497 is finally airborne I shall have plenty to report on! At the moment I am trying to work on a mechanism to facilitate the members group on the web site, once I have a reliable volunteer to help with the merchandise we shall be up and running with regular new […]

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Gun cameras fitted – 15th August 2018

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Hurricane Gun Camera Gun cameras now fitted to V7497 – Gun cameras are used primarily in aircraft to help measure tactical effectiveness. These cameras are triggered by the firing of a weapon, hence the name. The use of gun cameras first became common for gunnery training in the 1920s though examples were used during World War […]

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