Hurricane R4118 Revisited: The Extraordinary Story of the Discovery and Restoration to Flight of a Battle of Britain Survivor: The Adventure Continues 2005-2017

Hurricane R4118 Revisited: The Extraordinary Story of the Discovery and Restoration to Flight of a Battle of Britain Survivor: The Adventure Continues 2005-2017

by Peter Vacher

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Hurricane R4118 Revisited: The Extraordinary Story of the Discovery and Restoration to Flight of a Battle of Britain Survivor: The Adventure Continues 2005-2017 by Peter Vacher

Twelve years since the amazing account of Peter Vacher’s discovery in India was originally published, Grub Street is thrilled to bring readers the updated story of Hurricane R4118. Since the restoration of this magnificent aircraft to flight in 2004, Peter Vacher continued to research its history. In Hurricane R4118 Revisited, more stories of R4118’s origins are told, including the extraordinary tale of how this aircraft shot down a friendly Whitley bomber before it was assigned to a RAF squadron. Focus is also given to the role of 605 Squadron’s ground crew and the aircraft during the Battle of Britain. Continuing into the present day, Vacher highlights the challenges of maintaining and flying a historic warbird, whilst Keith Dennison, a warbird pilot, provides expert commentary on exactly what it is like to fly a Hurricane. The book concludes with the sale of R4118 to an enthusiastic Englishman and the decision taken to keep the aircraft at the Shuttleworth Collection. With brand new photography and sources, including wartime letters from Bunny Currant, this book is essential reading for all Hurricane enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910690437
Publisher: Grub Street
Publication date: 09/25/2017
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter Vacher was born in London during the Blitz. Educated at Marlborough College, he began from an early age restoring vintage cars as a hobby, building up a small collection. He also travelled extensively in India, meeting the Maharajas whose families had imported Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars in the 1910s and 1920s. When his job changed and he moved to Australia, Peter and his wife, Polly, learnt to pilot light aircraft. They subsequently flew around the Australian continent before returning to the UK and acquiring a four-seater Piper Dakota. Polly flew the Dakota solo around the world in 2001 and again in 2003. Meanwhile Peter’s interest moved from motor cars to restoring vintage aircraft. He is also the author of The History of the Jodhpur Flying Club, which includes rich detail on the RAF’s training activities in India during the Second World War. Peter and Polly have three sons and the whole family is aero-minded!

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

An Appreciation of the Hurricane 7

Acknowledgements 8

A Twinkle in the Eye 11

Part 1 Rescuing a Hero

Chapter 1 That's not a Spit, that's a Hurricane! 15

Chapter 2 Negotiations Start 20

Chapter 3 Unwelcome Publicity 24

Chapter 4 Monsoon 31

Chapter 5 Frustration 36

Chapter 6 Home at Last 41

Chapter 7 An Extraordinary Tale 45

Chapter 8 The Battle of Britain 52

Chapter 9 The Men Behind the Few 83

Chapter 10 Accident Prone 90

Chapter 11 A Passage to India 103

Part II Restoration and Flight

Chapter 12 The Strip 110

Chapter 13 The Search 119

Chapter 14 Reconstruction 126

Chapter 15 The Rolls-Royce Merlin HI 139

Chapter 16 Into the Air 148

Chapter 17 The Great Day 157

Chapter 18 Living with a 75-year-old Warbird 160

Chapter 19 The Pilot's View 166

Chapter 20 The Story Continues 175

Epilogue 182

A Closer Look at R4118 184

Apendix I Camouflage and Markings 186

Apendix II Movement Card Form 78 192

Apendix III Operational Records with 605 and 111 Squadrons 194

Apendix IV Engine History 199

Apendix V Hawker Modifications 202

Apendix VI Operational Aircraft during the Battle of Britain 204

Index 206

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