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Boulton Paul Defiant fighter arrives safely at Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust

Following its 240-mile motorway journey the beautiful replica of a Boulton Paul Defiant has arrived at its new home, the Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust at Hawkinge.

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Boulton Paul Defiant fighter rescued by Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge

A World War Two Boulton Paul Defiant fighter is heading to the Kent Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge, where it will join a Spitfire and Hurricane in the only display of its kind in the world.

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Inscription could have been last act at airfield by doomed World War II pilot, say archaeologists

An inscription on an air raid shelter at an airfield which played an important role in the Battle of Britain could have been the last act of a serving pilot, says a county archaeologist.

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Remains of German WWII Junkers Ju 88 bomber recovered from Thames Estuary

The remnants of a German Junkers Ju 88 bomber shot down by a Norwegian Spitfire ace have been recovered from the Thames Estuary by Wessex Archaeology.

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Secret plans of unsung World War II hero who saved London from drowning revealed

Peirson Frank, the civil engineer who created a rapid response unit to protect flood defences from Luftwaffe attacks during World War II, has been honoured in London.

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How the RAF Museum is conserving the world's last remaining World War Two Dornier bomber

Culture24 talks to RAF Museum Conservation Centre Manager Darren Priday about the project to conserve the remains of the last German Dornier 17 World War Two bomber.

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Curator's Choice: A Junkers Ju 87 Stuka aerial stolen by schoolboys during the Battle of Britain

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum curator David Coxon on an unlikely souvenir purloined by children from a German Stuka dive bomber downed during the Battle of Britain.

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Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers begin UK flying tour at Eastbourne Airshow

A Canadian Lancaster bomber is taking part in a six-week tour of the UK with the Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Archaeologists find remains of German Messerchmitt downed during Battle of Britain dogfight

Service personnel and archaeologists working on an innovative archaeology programme have unearthed the remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 at Lulworth in Dorset.

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Spitfire Fighter plane takes to the roads in manoeuvre from Manchester to London

Having stood in the Museum of Science and Industry's Air and Space Hall for 19 years, technicians have dismantled a 1940s plane and sent it to the RAF Museum.

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Smartphone app to let world see Dornier17 German bomber fly via RAF Museum

Following its dramatic rescue off the coast of Kent earlier this year, the Dornier17 will be visible in iconic locations across the world via a £75,000 app for smartphones.

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RAF Museum tells story of its WWII German Dornier bomber with new interpretation zone and virtual reality apps

The RAF Museum has unveiled ambitious plans to reveal the progress of the preservation of the World War Two German Dornier bomber it recovered from the sea in June 2013.

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