Saturday, 17 February 2018

'Meet the Blenheim Day' at the Kent Battle of Britain museum Hawkinge - F/O Reg Peacock of 235 Sqd

 The second 'Meet the Bristol Blenheim Project Day' at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust at Hawkinge was held on Saturday 17th February 2018 between 10 am and 3 pm with all proceeds going to the museum 'Bristol Blenheim rebuild fund'.

The weather was crisp and clear and the Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV was laid out in the car park for visitors to see the progress being made on her rebuild to date and since the museum acquired the project in December 2017.

I took the opportunity to speak to some of the volunteers involved with her rebuild, took a few photographs of the progress and was able to get up close and personal with her.

Please note that the Museum does not re-open until Good Friday 30th March for the 2018 Season. It is hoped to rebuild the Blenheim over a five-year period with a cockpit arriving some time during 2018 from Canada.

 The restoration will be repainted in the colours of 1940 Blenheim 'ace' F/O Reg Peacock of 235 Sqd who shot down a Ju 88 over Thorney Island on 18 August 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain in Blenheim IV L9446. 235 Sqd were based in Kent at RAF Manston.

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