Squadron members may like to know that a replica Hawker Hurricane has now been installed at Alexandra Gardens, Windsor bearing the markings of 249 Squadron –R4229 and letters GN – J  This was the aircraft in which Squadron Leader John Grandy was shot down on 6 September 1940 during the Battle of Britain.  We have chosen it because of John Grandy’s later connections with Windsor. As you will know, after becoming Chief of the Air Staff, MRAF Sir John Grandy was later Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, eventually retiring to live in Windsor until his death.

The Hurricane is to be formally unveiled by the Mayor of Windsor at a ceremony on Friday 20 July at 1100.   If the news of this gets around and any Association members felt inclined to attend on 20 July they would be most welcome and I would be glad to supply more details.

Why do I send this ?  The Sir Sydney CammCommemorative Society was formed in 2006 to bring long overdue recognition to Windsor born Sydney Camm, arguably the world’s finest aeronautical engineer.  (See www.sirsydneycamm.org.).  The Windsor Hurricane is part of that commemoration and is being followed by an annual scholarship for a young person studying aeronautical engineering at university.

With best regards.

Les Phipps

(Air Vice Marshal Leslie Phipps, Vice Chairman, SirSydney Camm Commemorative Society)

Sir John is third from the right.

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