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  • Group of airframe, engine parts with armoured glass ,nice clean relics from RAF Hurricane N2617 shot down on the 18th August 1940 and crashed in Dargate, shot down by German Ace G.Schopfel

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    This is a group of parts which is 10 parts in all there is aluminium airframe sections one with maker markings on also section of engine case with brown camouflage paintwork. There is also 2 small aluminium airframe rings, section of Bakelite case, pipework end and a large chunk of armoured glass from the cockpit canopy the parts have all have ripped, broken and bent of the plane during the crash they all still retains lots of original colour they are 2-4 inches long and have been very nicely cleaned and are perfect to display or for any collection .The parts come from RAF Hurricane N2617 shot down on the 18th August 1940 and crashed in Dargate  shot down by German Ace G.Schopfel during the battle of Britain .A very nice group of parts from a battle of Britain RAF Hurricane shot down by a famous German ace the parts come with a A5 laminated information card.



    Hurricane N2617 was with 501 squadron when it was involved in combat with Messerschmitt ME109’s and shot down over Canterbury by ace Oberleutnant Schopfel of JG26 it was his 10th victory he shot down three other Hurricanes in the same combat. Donald Mckay baled out of his stricken Hurricane over Dargate which is where the plane crashed he was slightly burned. He was admitted to hospital and did not re-join 501 squadron then at Kenley until 12th September 1940.

    501 Squadron re-assembled from France at Croydon on 20th June 1940 and moved to Middle Wallop on 4th July.On the 12th July McKay attacked and possibly destroyed a Ju88 bomber at night near Weymouth, on the 27th July he probably destroyed a Ju87 stuka on the 29th destroyed another Ju87 stuka and on 15th August destroyed two more Ju87 stuka’s.

    This is part of the combat report taken from Gerhard Schopfel on his actions:

    ‘I was leading the unit because of the temporary absence of its commander, Adolf Galland. We were flying ahead of the bombers on their mission to attack RAF fighter command aerodromes. Our first contact with British fighters was near Canterbury, suddenly I noticed a staffel of Hurricanes underneath me they were using the English tactics; flying in close formation, in threes climbing in a wide spiral virtually sitting ducks. I dived in and attacked them and dispatched four of them in as many minutes’.

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