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"Hawker Hurricane Mk I, V7608 ‘XR-J’, of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF, lined up with other aircraft at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire". Ground crewman dismounts the wing of XR-J having assisted the pilot with his straps, XR-C in the background awaits its pilot.
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  • 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...


  • V7608

    Hurricane Mk I, V7608 ‘XR-J’, of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF, Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire.

  • V6814

    Hawker Hurricane Mk I V6814, coded XR-C, assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF, transferred to 238 Sqn Nov-40, Shot down over Fareham, crashed, pilot F/O J Tillett 238 Sqn KIA. 6-Nov-40. ...


  • 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....


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 21:00:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 17:44:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

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