RAF Museum lends Hawker Typhoon to Canada for 70th anniversary of D-Day

By Richard Moss | 06 June 2014

The RAF Museum in London is giving Canadians the chance to see a legendary Second World War aircraft exactly 70 years after the D-Day Normandy landings

A photo of four elderly gentlemen in front of an aeroplane
Four Second World War RCAF pilots reunited with the word's last surviving Hawker Typhoon. Left to right: Flying Officer Ken (Chad) Hanna DFC 181 Sqn RAF; Flight Lieutenant John Friedlander DFC 181 Sqn RAF & 247 Sqn RAF; Flight Lieutenant Harry Hardy DFC 440 Sqn RCAF; Flying Officer Angus Scott 440 Sqn RCAF© Courtesy RAF Museum
To mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, The RAF Museum in London has lent its iconic Hawker Typhoon Mk IB MN235, the sole remaining complete aircraft of its kind, to its counterpart museum in Canada.

Hawker Typhoons saw active service during the Second World War, notably during operations leading to the liberation of Normandy, and were flown by several Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons during the War - notably the City of Ottawa 440 Sqdn.

As a single-seat fighter-bomber, it came into its own during the final two years of World War Two as one of the most successful ground-attack aircraft of the war.

Four Second World War 440 Sqn RCAF pilots were reunited with the rare survivor  at the Canadian museum this week. All spoke of their affection for the aircraft and marveled at how much damage it could suffer from German ground fire during the Normandy campaign while still getting them home safely.

The aircraft formed the centrepiece of the D-Day commemoration ceremonies held in Ottawa, attended by the Governor General, British High Commissioner, veterans, families and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

2014 is also the 90th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

AVM Peter Dye, RAF Museum Director General said the RAF Museum was “privileged” to support the Canadian Air & Space Museum.

"Thousands of Canadian airmen served alongside the Royal Air Force in two world wars, many of whom lost their lives in the defence of freedom and the shared values that unite our two nations.

“In loaning Hawker Typhoon MN235 we hope to be able to repay a small part of the immeasurable debt owed to the Royal Canadian Air Force and to honour its veterans for their selfless and enduring achievements.”

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

You might also like:

D-Day 70th anniversary brings good news for D-Day Museum redevelopment plans

Photographer returns to Normandy as Royal Armouries Fort Nelson marks D-Day anniversary

IWM Duxford tells the moving story of the Padre who landed on D-Day

Latest comment: >Make a comment
More on the venues and organisations we've mentioned:
  • Back to top
  • | Print this article
  • | Email this article
  • | Bookmark and Share
    Back to article
    Your comment:
    DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted at www.culture24.org.uk are the opinion of the comment writer, not Culture24. Culture24 reserves the right to withdraw or withhold from publication any comments that are deemed to be hearsay or potentially libellous, or make false or unsubstantiated allegations or are deemed to be spam or unrelated to the article at which they are posted.