By J. H. McMasters, I. M. Kroo
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Well, we were not going to resolve the fighter’s identity sitting in northern India, so we slipped the panel into my suitcase for further research. Unwelcome Publicity ICOULD hardly wait to return to England to establish the Hurricane’s identity. We had a choice of L2039, R4113, R4118 or none of these. I began by examining the records of L2039. This was an early Mk I converted to a Sea Hurricane Mk IA for the Fleet Air Arm in the latter part of 1941. In 1939, during the ‘phoney war’, it had crashed at Tangmere whilst flown by 501 Squadron.
He joined me on six subsequent visits and was untiring in his encouragement when it seemed we would never rescue this historic machine. I remember the sweat pouring off him as we battled to load the aeroplane in the heat of that Indian summer – a good friend indeed. My research was prompted by Hugh Smallwood, who introduced me to the intricacies of the Public Record Office and the library at the RAF Museum at Hendon. These in turn led to my interviewing pilots who had flown R4118 in the Battle of Britain.
Not a trace of a number. So now we would have to get that large top cowling off. So far the fastenings had loosened without too much trouble. But now one refused to budge. Perched on top it was not easy to get a good purchase on the screwdriver. “Leave it for a bit,” said John. We turned our attention to the tailwheel which had all but disappeared beneath the mud. We managed to lift the whole of the rear end and settle the wheel on a stone. That would keep it in the dry. Our attention reverted to the top cowl.
Advanced configurations for very large transport airplanes by J. H. McMasters, I. M. Kroo