Wartime planes to take to the skies

Look out for the classic aircrafts over Exeter tomorrow (Friday) as they take flight in support of a heritage project.

THERE will be something different in the skies over East Devon as historic planes take flight in support of a wartime heritage project.

Classic wartime planes, including a Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster, will be taking flight at Exeter International Airport tomorrow (Friday) in support of its heritage project.

The project aims to provide a bronze statue of a Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot to mark the part played by the airport during wartime and is being overseen by South West Airfields Heritage Trust.

Funding for the project has been pledged by the Polish Air Force Association and Devon County Council together with donations from other groups and individuals.

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Additional funding is also being sought from other sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund for the educational plinth and a circular paved area.

Robin Gilbert, from the South West Airfields Heritage Trust, said: “The Trust embarked upon the project back in 2007 and the most expensive part, the provision of the bronze statue, is now within our grasp.”

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RAF Exeter played a major wartime role especially in the Battle of Britain with three fighter Squadrons taking part.

In 1941 Polish Squadrons helped to patrol the south west with night fighters and defended Exeter, Plymouth, its dockyards and those at Portland.

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