Header image: BBMF Hurricane Mk II LF363 with wasp nose art. (Photo: Claire Hartley)
Many readers will know that for the 2017 and 2018 display seasons BBMF Hurricane Mk II LF363 wore temporary code letters, applied with special, easily-removable paint partially covering the existing markings, to commemorate two surviving members of ‘The Few’. The port side code letters were ‘GN-F’, those of Tom Neil’s 249 Squadron aircraft during the Battle of Britain. Sadly, Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC and Bar AFC AE LdH passed away on 11th July 2018, three days before his 98th birthday. The ‘SD-A’ code letters on the starboard side of LF363 were those of one of the 501 Squadron Hurricanes flown by Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM during the Battle; Paul was 100 years old in July 2018.