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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise 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 the United Kingdom would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com. 

A numbe of warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the UK, including captured German and Japanese aircraft, are listed on separate pages on this web site.

Data current to 15 Feb 2019.

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom by aircraft type, serial number, registration number and location:

 (RuthAS Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (David Merritt Photo)

  (Tony Hisgett Photo)

Airspeed AS.10 Oxford (Serial No. V3388), Reg. No. G-AITB.   Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

Airspeed Horsa gliders are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (RAF Photos)

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley Mk. V, ca 1943.

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley Mk. V (Serial No. N1498).  No complete aircraft of the 1,814 Whitleys produced remains but the Whitley Project is rebuilding an example from salvaged remains and a fuselage section is displayed at the Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Baginton, Warwickshire, whose site is adjacent to the airfield from where the Whitley's maiden flight took place.

Avro Ansons preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Avro Lancasters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (Allen Watkin Photo)

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

 (Rept0n1x Photo)

Avro Lincoln B Mk. 2 (Serial No. RF398), Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

 (Alan D R  Brown Photo)

Avro York C1 (Serial No. MW100), ex Skyways & BOAC G-AGNV, and ex RAF (Serial No. TS798), Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire.

Avro York (Serial No.), G-ANTK.  IWM Duxford.

 (IWM Photo CH 5324)

Cierva C.30 Autogyro used for Army co-operation work, being examined by Coastal Command aircrew officers at Wick, Caithness.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (Roland Turner Photo)

Avro 671 Rota Mk. I (Cierva C.30 Autogyro), (Serial No. HM580), KX-K, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Avro 671 Tota Mk. I (Serial No. AP507), KX-P, Reg. No. G-ACWP, Science Museum, South Kensington, London.

 (John5199 Photo)

Beechcraft Staggerwing, Reg. No. G-BRVE, The Fighter Collection, Duxford.  Built in 1945, flown during the Second World War by the Royal Navy as Traveller Mk. I (Serial No. FT475).  This aircraft was allocated to the United States Navy post-war before being sold into civilian ownership.  It was acquired by the Fighter Collection in 2005.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

  (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor 3NM (Serial No. HB275), ex-RCAF (Serial No. 2324), ex-N5063N, Reg. No. G-BKGM, Skyblue Aero Services Ltd, Woodleys Drive, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth.  In Royal Navy markings of Flag Officer Naval Air Command, painted as (Serial No. KP110).

 (James Photo)

Beechcraft 18 (Serial No.), Reg. No. G-BKGM, Bristol Airways Ltd.

 (Kogo Photos)

Bell P-39Q Airacobra (Serial No. 42-19993), c/n 26E-397, Reg. No. G-CEJU, “Brooklyn Bum 2nd”, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Airworthy.

 (RAF Photo)

Bell P-63 Kingcobra, RAF (Serial No. FZ440), ca 1945.  

Bell P-63 Kingcobra (Serial No. 43-11137), under restoration at the Wings Museum, Balcombe, West Sussex.  The Hunt brothers with the Wings Museum have six recovered P-63 airframes & 4 sets of wings in various conditions from Russia.  At least two P-63s served with the RAF, (Serial No. FR408) on flight trials in Sep 1944, and (Serial No. FZ440) in April 1945 on flight trials related to laminar flow. 

 (SDA&SM Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Blackburn Skua Mk. II (Serial No. L2940), wreckage, consisting of fuselage from the firewall forwards, both wings and rear fuselage with tail. Recovered from Norway in 1974. This 800 Squadron Skua was shot down in 1940 by a Heinkel He111.   Displayed in "as found" condition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

Boeing Stearman PT-13D Kaydet (Serial No. 42-17786), IWM Duxford.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet (BuNo. 3486), c/n 75-1263,  44, Reg. No. G-RJAH, Golden Apple Operations Ltd, IWM Duxford.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Boeing B-29A Superfortress preserved in the UK is listed on a separate page on this web site.

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I (Serial No. N1671) preserved in the UK is listed on a separate page on this web site.

Bristol Bulldog biplane fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Bristol Beaufort torpedo bombers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Bristol Beaufighter aircraft preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (Tim Felce Photo)

Bristol Bolingbroke Mk. IVT (Blenheim Mk. IF), (Serial No. L6739), 82 Squadron, Reg. No. G-BPIV, Aircraft Restoration Co, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  Airworthy.

Bristol Bolingbroke, RCAF (Serial No. 9893).  IWM Duxford.

Bristol Blenheim Mk. IVT (Serial No. R3821), nose.  IWM Duxford

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (Hugh Llewelyn Photo)

Bristol (Fairchild) Bolingbroke Mk. IVT, RCAF (Serial No. 10001), restored as a Blenheim, painted as (Serial No. L8756), coded XD-E, of 139 Squadron RAF, Royal Air Force Museum London, Hendon.

 (Ad Meskens Photo)

Bristol (Fairchild) Bolingbroke Mk. IVT (Serial No. 9940), National Museum of Flight Scotland, East Fortune.

 (ozz13X Photo)

 (Graham Bould Photo)

Bücker Bü 181E Bestmann, Reg, No. G-GLSU, built in 1940, The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalinas preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Consolidated B-24 Liberators preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (Kogo Photos)

Curtis Model 75A-1 Hawk (Serial No. 82/X881), Reg. No. G-CCVH.  Issued to the French Air Force in 1939.  It was later flown in combat against the British and Americans by the Vichy France Air Force.  Post-war it served as a trainer until the 1950s; it was acquired by the Fighter Collection in 1995.  It carries the markings of 1ére Escadrille, Groupe de Combat 11/5 Lafayette, the unit that operated it in 1939.  The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  Airworthy.

 

 (Charlie Jackson Photos)

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Curtiss P-36C Hawk (Serial No. 38-210), Reg. No. G-CIXJ, The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Airworthy.  Built in 1939, this P-36 is the only flying example of its type.  It saw some service in the Second World War in the USA before being allocated to a technical school.  Post-war, it passed through several private owners before being acquired by The Fighter Collection and restored.

Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

de Havilland biplanes preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

de Havilland DH.98 Mosquitos preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

de Havilland DH.100 Sea Vampire (Serial No. LZ551 G), On 3rd December 1945, pilotted by Lt/Cmdr EM Brown RNVR, this aircraft carried out the first jet landing on a ship at sea, the ship being HMS Ocean.

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

Douglas B-26C Invader (Serial No. 44-35282), California Air National Guard markings, ca 1950s.

Douglas B-26C Invader (Serial No. 44-34172), Reg. No. N4806E, Kent.

 (Carlos Menendez San Juan Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (Cpl Phil Major (RAF)/MOD Photo)

 (Aldo Bidini Photos)

Douglas Dakota (Serial No. ZA947), built at Long Beach, California in March 1942, was issued to the US Army Air Forces and later transferred to the RCAF where she served until 1971.  The aircraft was purchased by the Royal Aircraft Establishment before being issued to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Coningsby, in March 1993.  She is equipped with authentic period 'para seats' and is used in commemorative parachute drops.

Douglas Dakota Mk. IV (Serial No. KN645), Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Serial No. 43-15509), ex-Spanish Air Force Serial No. T.3-29, Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

Douglas C-54Q Skymaster (Serial No. 56498), built in 1944 in Chicago, served with both the USN and USMC during the Second World War, in Korea and in Vietnam.  C-54 Skymaster Society, North Weald, Essex.  There are plans for this aircraft to be restored to airworthy status.

Douglas Skyraiders preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Fairchild Argus Mk. II (Serial No. ), Reg. No. G-AIZE.  Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire.

Fairchild Argus Mk. III (Serial No. HB652), on the ground at Hooton Park, Cheshire, ca 1940s.  (IWM Photo, ATP 10978C)

Fairchild Argus Mk. III, Reg. No. G-RGUS, painted as (Serial No. KK527), c/n 1145, previously flown as USAAF (Serial No. 44-83184), to be painted in an RAF scheme, Spanhoe, Northants.

Fairchild Argus (Serial No. HB612), Reg. No. G-AJSN, being restored by the Ulster Aviation Society (UAS) at Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Fairchild Argus Mk. I, RAF (Serial No. HM181), on the ground at Heston Airport, Middlesex.  (IWM Photo, ATP 10978C)

 (Nilfanion Photos)

Fairchild Argus II (Serial No. FK338), Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire.  The Argus II at Elvington arrived in England in August 1942 and served for most of the Second World War with the ATA at No.2 Ferry Pool, Whitchurch.  After the War, it was acquired by the United States Flying Club and registered as G-AJOZ. It was finally withdrawn from use in 1963.  After many years in various collections, the Argus was acquired by the Yorkshire Air Museum in June 2000.

Fairey Albacores preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Fairey Fulmars preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Fairey Barracudas preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Fairey Battles preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Fairey Firefly fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

General Aircraft Limited GAL. 49 Hamilcar gliders preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

General Aircraft Limited Hotspur gliders preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Gloster Gladiators preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Gloster Meteors in the RAF during the Second World War are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Gloster F.9/40, F.1, F.2 and F.3 Meteors were built and flown during the Second World War.  F.4 through U-21 were built and flown post war.  The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with No. 616 Squadron RAF.

Grumman Martlets preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Grumman Hellcats preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Grumman Bearcats preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Grumman Avengers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

(Happy Days Photo)

Hafner Rotachute III (Serial No. P-5), Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

The rotorcraft team of the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment (AFEE), handed by Raoul Hafner, had enjoyed some success in developing the so-called Rotachute (the idea of using a rotor rather than a parachute as a means of pinpoint landing troops in enemy territory), and this led to the suggestion that the principle could be applied to larger loads. This prompted Hafner to propose the Rotabuggy, a rotor-equipped Jeep, and the Rotatank, a similarly-equipped Valentine tank.  A contract to develop the former was placed with the ML Aviation Company at White Waltham in 1942, this being covered by specification 10/42.

 (Happy Days Photos)

Hafner Rotabuggy (Serial No. B415), Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Hampshire.  This is a replica based on an original Jeep (not a Willy’s MB like the original) and the rest is new build other than the rotors which possibly came from a Bristol Sycamore.

Designed by Austrian Raoul Hafner of the British Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment (AFEE), the Rotabuggy was essentially a jeep converted into an autogiro as a way of giving airborne forces some ground ttansport. Initial flight trials, with the Rotabuggy towed behind a Whitley bomber, proved exhausting to the pilot who had to hang on to the control column which thrashed continuously around the cockpit. On flights where the tow cable remained attached there were some scary moments as the Rotabuggy, on the edge of a stall, touched down after the tow plane left and the driver took over.  Development of vehicle-carrying gliders provided a safer and more efficient way of getting jeeps with more equipment (such as towed light guns) to the battlefield and the Rotabuggy never saw service.  Another of Hafner's ideas was the Rotatank, a modified Valentine tank, which fortunately never left the drawing board.

Handley Page Hampden bombers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Handley Page Halifax bombers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Hawker Hurricane fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Hawker Typhoons fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Hawker Tempest fighters  preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Hawker Fury fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Hawker Sea Fury fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Lavochkin La-11 (Serial No. 20), The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

 (IWM Photo TR 27)

Lockheed Hudson Mk. VI (Serial No. AE626), of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the Pyramids at Cairo, Egypt, in 1942.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Lockheed Hudson Mk. IIIA (Serial No. A16-199), RAAF colours, Royal Air Force Museum London, Hendon.

 (RAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Mk. I, RAF (Serial No. AE979).

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Mk. I, RAF (Serial No. AE978).

 (Peripitas Photo)

 (Bob Jarrett Photo)

Lockheed P-38H-LO Lightning (Serial No. 42-66841), c/n 1352, 153, "Scarlet Scourge", 432 SQN, 475th FG, 5th AF, flown by Lt. Edward Dickey on numerous missions over Papua New Guinea and it’s adjacent national islands.  The Lightning scored a probable victory against an Oscar Fighter over the enemy fortified Rabaul Harbour, New Britain on 23rd October 1943.  The large fighter was salvaged by the Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Australia in 1999 and subsequently under went a seven year restoration program by the Museum’s restoration team.  This aircraft is now in the UK at Bentwaters.

 (RAF Photo)

 (IWM Photo, CM 5001)

Martin B-26 Marauder Mk. I (Serial No. FK375), coded D, “Dominion Revenge”, of No. 14 Squadron RAF based at Fayid, Egypt.  This aircraft was lost during a torpedo attack off Aghios Giorgios Island on 3 January 1943.

Martin B-26 Marauder Mk I, FK138,  Prestwick, Ayrshire.  (RAF Photo)

Martin B-26C Marauder (Serial No. 41-35253), fuselage section.  Boxstead Airfield Museum, Langham, Essex.

Miles Hawk Major, Miles Magister, Miles Martinet, Miles Messenger aircraft preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

North American Harvard and Texan trainers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

North American B-25 Mitchell preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

North American P-51D Mustangs preserved in the UK are listed on a separate web page on this web site.

 (IWM Photo CH 775A)

Percival Q.6 (Serial No. P5634),  RAF Northolt Station Flight, parked alongside Bristol Blenheims at Wyton, Huntingdonshire, ca 1940.

Percival Q.6, Reg. No. G-AFFD, built in 1938.  Seething, Norfolk.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Piper L-4H Grasshopper (Serial No. 44-329854), c/n 11145, in the markings of the 381st Bomb Group, based at Ridgewell, Essex in 1944.  This L-4 was taken on charge from the Piper Aircraft Corporation at Lock Haven in January 1944 and first issued to the Eighth Air Force.  She served the U.S Ground Forces in Europe possibly with Pattons 3rd Army.  In 1947 she was struck of charge and sold as surplus and acquired by a French aero club.  She was acquired by a British owner and arrived in the U.K.  In 2011 she moved to the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, Biggin Hill, Kent.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Piper L-4J Cub (Serial No. 43-0681), c/n 12544, Reg. No. G-AXGP), painted as 3681. Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

 (Tim Felce Photo)

 (Roland Turner Photo)

 

 (Allan Wilson Photos)

 (Alec Wilson Photo)

Polikarpov Po-2 Mule (Serial No. 9), Reg. No. ZK-POZ, The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire.

Republic P-47 Thunderbolts preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (Alec Wilson Photo)

 (ozz13x Photo)

Ryan ST-3KR Recruit (Serial No. 001), Reg. No. G-BYPY, The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire.

Short Sunderland seaplanes preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Slingsby Kirby Kite gliders preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (San Diego Air & Space Museum Photo)

Stinson L-5A Sentinel (Serial No. 42-98177), c/n 76-428, R-8, Reg. No. N6438C, Paul Bennet and Mike Nice, Norfolk.

Supermarine Spitfires preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Supermarine Stranraers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Supermarine Walrus preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Supermarine Seagulls preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Supermarine Seagull Mk. V (Serial No. A2-4), Royal Air Force Museum London, Hendon.

Taylorcraft Austers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Goodyear Corsair and Vought Corsair carrier fighters preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

V-2 Rockets preserved in the UK are included in a list of German War Prizes on a separate page on this web site

WACO CG-4A Hadrian gliders preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Vickers Wellington bombers preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Westland Lysanders preserved in the UK are listed on a separate page on this web site.

 (Yak-1 recovery team Photo, 1999)

Yakovlev Yak-1 (Serial No. 1342), Reg. No. G-BTZD, recovered from a lake in ca 1989, Historic Aircraft Collection, Sussex.

 (SDA&SM Photo)

 (Soviet Air Force Photo)

Yakovlev Yak-3UA (Serial No. 5), Reg. No. D-FYGJ, Privately owned, Sleap, Shropshire.

 (Soviet Air Force Photos)

Yak-9D formation flight, USSR, ca 1945. 

Yakovlev Yak-9UA (Serial No. 21), Reg. No. RA3364K, Privately owned, Headcorn, Kent.

Yakovlev Yak-9 (Serial No. TBC), Reg. No. G-YAKP, Privately owned, London.