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Hawker Hurricane Mk I Z2463. Assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF coded XR-X. Transferred to 43 Sqn 27-Nov-41 coded FT-B. To Taylorcraft Aeroplanes Ltd 1-Apr-42.



  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' 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...


  • 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,...


  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Langley, Slough, Slough, Slough SL3, UK 1940

Built at Hawkers.

Delivered England, UK 1940

Delivered to RAF MU.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK October 1940

Assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF coded XR-X.

Transferred Acklington, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65, UK 27 November 1941

Transferred to 43 Sqn 27-Nov-41 coded FT-B.

Transferred Thurmaston, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK 1 April 1942

To Taylorcraft Aeroplanes Ltd 1-Apr-42.


Date Contributor Update
06 March 2017 16:09:34 highasakite88 Changes to person associations

R. C. Wards log book

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2016 14:40:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

The Fighting Cocks: 43 (Fighter) Squadron By Jimmy Beedle.