Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) MF Spitfire Mk IIa P7350 and Hurricane LF363 have been painted with new code letters to celebrate four of the Battle of Britain fighter pilots, some of ‘The Few’, who are still alive today. Applied in a special temporary paint, covering the existing markings, the new code letters can easily be removed when required. The two BBMF aircraft will now appear with different code letters on each side of their fuselages for the 2017 display season.
OC BBMF, Squadron Leader Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin says: “This is an opportunity that will not be available forever, so we have seized the chance to commemorate some of the remaining ‘Few’ in this way. It is an overt way of our generation thanking theirs for their sacrifices.”
On her starboard side Hurricane LF363 now wears the ‘SD-A’ code letters of one of the 501 Sqn Hurricanes flown by Paul Farnes during the Battle of Britain (inset: Paul then and now). (main photo: Clive Rowley)
The ‘SD-A’ code letters on the starboard side of Hurricane LF363 were the code letters of one of the 501 Squadron Hurricanes flown by Paul Farnes during the Battle of Britain. He flew Hurricane P2760, coded ‘SD-A’, from the official start of the battle on 10th July to 14th September 1940, and was based at Kenley from 10th September to 17th December 1940. P2760 was destroyed on 15th September in combat over Ashford, Kent, and its pilot that day, Belgian Pilot Officer Albert Van Den Hove d’Ertsenryck, was killed. Paul was credited with a wartime total of 8 ‘kills’ (including 2 shared) 2 ‘probables’ and 11 damaged. He was awarded the DFM and retired from the RAF as a Wing Commander. He is now 98 years old and last year was interviewed for the Kenley Revival Project.
Acknowledgments and thanks to the RAF BBMF – full article can be found at http://www.memorialflightclub.com/blog/new-temporary-code-letters-spitfire-p7350-and-hurricane-lf363