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by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Greece

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Greece

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in Greece.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in Greece would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at 

Data current to 23 Oct 2018.

Hellenic Air Force Museum

 (Konstantinos Stampoulis Photos) 

Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV F.  This aircraft served with RAF No. 203 Squadron based in Crete during the Second World War.  The Squadron covered the British withdrawal from the island.  It was accidentally hit by a British torpedo boat and crashed near the sea of Rethymno on 28 April 1941.  The three-member crew survived with the help of a man from Crete.  The aircraft was brought to the surface and moved to the museum in the summer of 1996 by a mixed team composed of members of HAF’s special team of frogmen and museum experts.

 (Dimitris Kamaras Photos)

Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver (BuNo. 83321).

 (Dimitris Kamaras Photos)

de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth.

 (Konstantinos Stampoulis Photo)

Douglas C-47 Skytrain.

 (Georgios Pazios Photo)

Junkers Ju-52m (Wk. Nr.).  This Luftwaffe transport was shot down on 13 Nov1943 during the Battle of Leros.  It was salvaged by the Hellenic Air Force in October 2003 off the coast of Leros and is now on display at the HAF Museum, undergoing restoration.

 (Dimitris Kamaras Photos)

North American Harvard.

 (IWM Photo, CM 2212)

Major X F Varvaresos, Commanding Officer of No. 335 (Hellenic) Squadron RAF, standing in front of a Hawker Hurricane Mk. I of the Squadron, embellished with the colours of the Royal Hellenic Air Force, at Aqir, Palestine.

 (IWM Photo, CBM 1720)

Hawker Hurricane Mk. I with pilots of RAF No 335 (Hellenic) Squadron at LG 20/Qotafiyah I, west of Daba, Egypt.

 (IWM Photo, CM 6922)

Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC pilots of RAF No. 335 (Hellenic) Squadron at Dhekeila, Egypt.

 (IWM Photo, CM6922)

RAF air gunners attached to 13th Squadron, Royal Hellenic Air Force, stand in front of Martin Baltimore Mark V, FW852 'Y', at Pescara, Italy, where the Squadron operated as part of No. 254 Wing RAF, Balkan Air Force, in missions over northern Italy and Yugoslavia.

 (IWM Photo CNA 4686)

The Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou (third from right) and the Greek Air Minister, M Fikioris (second from right), accompanied by Air Commodore G.W. Tuttle, Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters Greece (seventh from right), and other Allied officers, inspects a line of Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vs and pilots of RAF No. 336 (Hellenic) Squadron during an official ceremony at Kalamaki/Hassani to welcome Greek units serving with the Allied Air Forces back to their homeland.  No. 337 Wing RAF, of which Nos. 335 and 336 (Hellenic) Squadrons RAF and No. 13 Squadron, Royal Hellenic Air Force formed part, arrived in Greece on 16 November 1944, and continued operations there until its disbandment on 15 June 1946, after which the Greek squadrons were transferred to Greek control.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IXc (Serial No. MJ755).  Built at the Castle Bromwich factory and delivered toNo. 43 Sqn RAF in August 1944, which at the time was covering operations in Southern France.  In 1947 it was transferred to the Royal Hellenic Air Force and later retired to The Hellenic Air Force Museum.