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  • Large group of lovely clean engine parts with lots of original colour and very well cleaned from RAF Hurricane L1608 shot down on the 7th June 1940 near Dieppe during the battle of France

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    This is a large group of lovely clean engine parts with lots of original colour from a famous battle of France RAF Hurricane. This group which is 5 different engine parts one a section of piston the outer case remains also a bracket from the top of a piston conrod a large case bolt, a section of internal case and a small cog all have ripped and smashed by the impact of the crash but are in fantastic condition very well cleaned lovely solid sections and identifiable bits of aircraft which are perfect for display and a nice bit for any collection the parts are 2 half-6 inches long very rare to get such nice parts from a battle of France Hurricane. The parts are from RAF Hurricane L1608 shot down at 6.35 pm on the 7th June 1940 South East of Dieppe during the battle of France. The group comes with a A5 laminated information sheet.

    RAF Hurricane L1608 the pilot was Sargent P.G Ottewill who bailed out wounded the plane was shot down at 6.35 pm on the 7th June 1940 South East of Dieppe during the German invasion of France.

    In June 1940, No. 43 squadron was based at RAF Tangmere, with a forward operational base in France at Beaumont-Le –Roger. On the 7th June the squadron flew two cross-channel sorties to cover the retreat of the remains of the BEF south of the River Somme. By this stage Sgt Ottewill was already an accomplished ace with four victories and two shared kills. On the second of the patrols, at approximately 6.35pm, in a skirmish with Me 109s of 1/JG20 and 4/JG26 the squadron shot down two of the enemy for the loss of three Hurricanes. South-east of Dieppe, Ottewill's aircraft was attacked by Leutnant Bildau of JG20. This resulted in the Hurricane's header tank exploding. Badly burned, Ottewill took to his parachute, landing behind German lines. Evading capture he was hidden by a French farmer in a cart of hay and delivered safely to a retreating British unit. Meanwhile he had been posted missing, believed killed, and the squadron were astonished when he turned up at Tangmere a week or so later.
    Peter Ottewill spent a year in hospital being treated by a pioneer of plastic surgery, Sir Harold Gillies, the surgeon who trained the celebrated plastic surgeon Archie McIndoe. He never flew operationally again in world war 2 but was commissioned in 1941. In 1943, whilst commanding No. 1490 fighter gunnery flight at Kirknewton in Scotland, he rescued two airmen from a burning Bristol Beaufighter which had crashed into the airfield's ammunition store. This act of bravery resulted in him being awarded the George Medal. He died on the 31st January 2003 at the age of 87.

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