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June 02, 2004

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Excavations have recovered an engine and control from a Hurricane buried in Buckingham Palace Road during the War. The story of how it came to be buried in the forecourt of Victoria Station is something else.

The Battle of Britain was raging over the skies of London when pilot Ray Holmes spotted the German Dornier bomber on September 15, 1940. Historians believe the German plane may have been on a mission to destroy Buckingham Palace.

Holmes had run out of ammunition so he flew his Hurricane directly into the German plane. He managed to use his aircraft to slice off the bomber's tail and parachuted out of his plane before it hit Buckingham Palace Road. The Dornier plunged into part of Victoria Station.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 2, 2004 08:57 AM

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