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  • 2 sections of high pressure airline from the firing system of the Browning machine guns RAF Spitfire number P9469 shot down on 7th October 1940 crashed Hurst Green

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    This is 2 sections of High pressure airline from the firing system of the Browning machine guns it is in 2 parts not connected. The airline has ripped and bent in the crash and still retains a lot of its original brass colour it has been very well cleaned perfect for display or any collection the parts are 6-7 inches long in size and very rare to get these days now such a rare part from a battle of Britain spitfire.  The parts come with a A5 laminated information card with a picture on the card of broadhurst in his spitfire. These airline sections were recovered from RAF Spitfire number P9469 shot down on the 7th October 1940 over Sussex during the battle of Britain. A lovely relic from a battle of Britain Spitfire.

    RAF Spitfire number P9469 of 222 squadron was shot down at 4.50pm on 7th October 1940 the pilot was Pilot Officer J.W Broadhurst.

    The spitfire was in combat during an attack on enemy bombers. When he was shot down. John William Broadhurst bailed out but fell dead at Longhurst. His Spitfire crashed and burned out at Baileys Reed Farm, Hurst Green, Salehurst. He was posted to 222 Squadron at its reformation at Duxford on October 5th 1939. Initially equipped with Blenheim’s, the squadron received Spitfires in March 1940. On May 29th, after a patrol over Dunkirk, Broadhurst failed to find Hornchurch in bad visibility, ran out of fuel and crash-landed. On August 31st Broadhurst claimed a Messerschmitt 109 destroyed, on September 4th a Messerschmitt 109 and two more on the 7th and 27th of September. John William Broadhurst was 23 years old he is buried in Hornchurch Cemetery, Essex. Below photo J.Broadhurst in his Spitfire taken some tine in early 1940.

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