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Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb Z3170 assigned to 258 Sqn.
11th June 41 - Hurricane Z3170 FH-D flown by F/O V B de la Parelle 258 Sqn was shot up by a Bf109 but returned safely to Martlesham Heath. ROS.
Transferred to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF, coded XR-*. Bf109E claimed probable, East of Lille, pilot F/O Chesley G Peterson. 6-7-41.



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

Built at Hawkers.

Delivered England, UK November 1940

Delivered to RAF.

Assigned Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QP, UK November 1940

Assigned to 258 Sqn.

Combat damaged Calais, France 11 June 1941

Shot up by a Bf109 but returned safely to Martlesham Heath, pilot F/O V B de la Parelle OK.

Repair On Site ROS Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 12 June 1941 – 26 June 1941

Repair On Site.

Transferred Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 27 June 1941

Transferred to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF.

E/A Probable Lille, France 6 July 1941

Bf109E Probable East of Lille, pilot F/O Chesley G Peterson. 6-7-41.


Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 21:05:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations