Restoration of Typhoon RB396 has links back to Manston
After following the Hawker Typhoon RB396 Restoration page for a little while, we were very interested to find the link behind this restoration and Manston.
They are attempting to restore and rebuild RB396 (XP-W) back to airworthy status.
Although RB396 doesn’t have links that we know of to Manston, Typhoons and Tempests played a vital role in the war whilst operating from there.
Another Typhoon, JR523 that was piloted by P/O Henry “Harry” Hector MacKenzie, a Canadian in 198 Squadron took off from Manston on the 3rd January 1944 but after a dogfight with Bf109s over Compiègne in Northern France, P/O Mackenzie was killed. Sixty-five years later, the wreck was recovered and P/O MacKenzie laid to rest. A large part of JR523 has been made available to be used in the rebuild of RB396.
We therefore hope that links back to Manston will be established as the project goes forward.
You can read further details about JR523 and P/O MacKenzie here: http://www.hawkertyphoon.com/InMemory_JR523.cshtml and here: http://asaapicardie3945.fr/index.php/english/airmen/99-flying-officer-h-h-mackenzie