Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group
The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (HTPG) is a charitable organisation, run entirely by volunteers, and exists to raise the funds required to rebuild the sole WWII combat veteran Hawker Typhoon MkIb, RB396, back to flight as the lasting legacy those brave men and women deserve.
RB396 flew over 35 combat sorties against ground targets in ‘Fortress Europe’ and was repaired 18 times in her short four-month life with 174 (Mauritius)Sqn as part of 121 Wing of the 2nd Tactical Airforce
The Typhoon; a powerful, potent ground attack aircraft that was acknowledged as redressing the balance in mainland Europe during World War Two (WWII), has been lost from the collective memory of our national, industrial and engineering heritage. Dwight D. Eisenhower (Supreme Allied Commander) himself stated that “The chief credit in smashing the enemy’s spearhead, however, must go to the rocket-firing Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force… The result of the strafing was that the enemy attack was effectively brought to a halt, and a threat was turned into a great victory.” With over 1200 young men and women who flew the Typhoon and thousands more supporting the front line squadrons 56% of those who flew her made the ultimate sacrifice, one of the highest attrition rates in any arm of the forces employed in combat. RB396 will symbolise this heritage, educate the public and become a permanent living memorial to all the crews, of all nationalities, that made the ultimate sacrifice operating the Typhoon.
As part of the Typhoon Initiative For Family – TIFFy the project is actively reaching out to family members and descendants, or friends, of Typhoon veterans. HTPG want to ensure the legacy of all those involved, from the designers, builders, those who delivered them, maintained them and flew them is recorded and remembered forever. The project is 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. 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, we would really like to hear from you.”
The rebuild of RB396 to airworthy condition cannot be achieved alone. HTPG need financial support to achieve the £5million which is needed to cover the cost of the rebuild. The project invites you to join those who have already contributed in excess of £750,000 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.
There are several ways you can support the project, please visit www.hawker-typhoon.com or their social media pages for more information, updates, photos and interesting facts.