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Z2389

Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane IIA Z2389, built at Kingston-on-Thames, assembled and test flown at either Langley or Brooklands, assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF. As part of emergency war supplies for Russia, Z2389 was crated up and loaded on the merchant ship SS ‘S85’ which joined Convoy PQ16. The convoy left for Murmansk on 21st May 1942. With 35 vessels, this was the largest Russian convoy so far - losing seven cargo ships en route.
On arrival the aircraft joined 767 Regiment of the Red Air Force on the Kola Penninsula. On the 20th June 1942, it engaged two Messerschmitt Bf109Fs and five Bf110s over a remote part of Murmansk but was shot down along with two other Hurricanes. Z2389’s pilot F/Lt Ivan Kalashnikov survived the forced landing.
Fifty years later, Z2389 was found by Russian historians and its remains were taken to St Petersburg in 1996. In 1997, the part-restored aircraft was first seen by WWII recovery specialist, Jim Pearce, then inspected by Brooklands Museum in May. Z2389 arrived at Brooklands on the 14th October 1997. Whence its restoration began.

Service

Units

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

People

  • Rufus Ward

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    R.C. Ward learned to fly in the 1930's at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Learned of the Clayton Knight Committee recruiting American pilots for the RAF in 1940 and first went to RCAF at Camp Borden Toronto as a pilot instructor. After 6 months there,...

Places

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, UK August 1940 – July 1941

Built at Hawker, Kingston-on-Thames between August 1940 to July 1941.

Delivered England, UK 1941

Delivered to RAF.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF.

Assembled Langley, Slough, Slough, Slough SL3, UK 1941

Assembled and test flown at either Langley or Brooklands.

Crated up United Kingdom 1942

Crated up at MU for shipping overseas.

Loaded aboard Merseyside, UK May 1942

Loaded on the merchant ship SS ‘S85’ which joined Convoy PQ16.

Shipped overseas Hvalfjörður, Iceland 21 May 1942 – 26 May 1942

Convoy left Hvalfjord for Murmansk on 21st May 1942. With 35 vessels, this was the largest Russian convoy so far - losing seven cargo ships en route.

Off-Loaded Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia 26 May 1942

Off-Loaded Murmansk.

Assigned Kola Peninsula, Murmansk Oblast, Russia, 184595 28 May 1942

Joined 767 Regiment of the Red Army Air Force on the Kola Penninsula.

Crashed Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia 20 June 1942

Engaged two Messerschmitt Bf109Fs and five Bf110s over a remote part of Murmansk but was shot down along with two other Hurricanes. Pilot F/Lt Ivan Kalashnikov survived the forced landing. 20-Jun-42.

Salvaged / Recovered St Petersburg, Russia 1992

50 Years on. Found by Russian historians and its remains were taken to St Petersburg in 1996.

Returned home Brooklands, Weybridge, Weybridge, Surrey KT13, UK May 1997 – 14 October 1997

In 1997, the part-restored aircraft was first seen by WWII recovery specialist, Jim Pearce, then inspected by Brooklands Museum in May. Z2389 arrived at Brooklands on the 14th October 1997.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 22:38:21 Al_Skiff Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/index.php?/explore/hawker-hurricane-iia-...

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 22:18:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/index.php?/explore/hawker-hurricane-iia-...

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