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Stalag Luft III – Christmas 1944

Hurricane “BE505” saw action during the Dieppe amphibious landing on 19th August 1942, piloted by Flight Sergeant C. Bryce Watson. He was shot down by flak, captured and became a prisoner of war.
The following photographs, from one of his PoW notebooks, give us an insight into Christmas 1944 in Stalag Luft III. These are shared with kind permission of his family.

Published on 28th December 2022 in Uncategorised

Flight Sergeant Bryce Watson’s Granddaughter flies BE505

We were privileged to host Courtney Dohnt (all the way from Australia) the granddaughter of Flight Sergeant Bryce Watson who flew and fought in BE505 which he christened ‘Pegs’ after his girlfriend Peggy (later to become his wife). Courtney had an emotion filled flight in formation with our other Hurricane, R4118. After we broke formation she got to fly her grandfather’s aircraft, before a few aerobatics and then returning to West London Aero Club. The day was made even more special by Eugenie Brooks whose father, Pilot Officer John William Brooks DFC DFM was on 174 Squadron with Bryce and also flew BE505. She bought along a variety of photos of ‘Pegs’ and Bryce to share.

Published on 22nd October 2022 in Uncategorised

R4118 at RAF Northolt

Yesterday we positioned our Battle of Britain Hurricane, R4118 into RAF Northolt for a charity night shoot this evening (13th). This is to help raise funds for the restoration of Building 27, RAF Northolt’s sector operations building. The building was used by ACM Hugh Dowding to develop the world’s first integrated air defence system.
RAF Northolt’s connection with the Hurricane is significant. The first operational Hurricane squadron was based at RAF Northolt with 111 Squadron in late 1937. Then Hurricanes from Northolt played a pivotal role throughout the Battle of Britain including the famed Polish 303 Squadron.

Published on 13th October 2022 in Uncategorised


Hurricane Heritage runs flight operations from the beautiful and historic White Waltham Airfield.

The airfield has a long and illustrious history, dating back to 1935 when the de Havilland family acquired the land and formed the de Havilland School of Flying. Home to the Air Transport Auxiliary during the war, it's now a friendly and active aerodrome with great facilities.