Former RAF mechanic Jeff Brereton (99) was thrilled to have been reunited on Friday with one of the Hurricanes he maintained during the Battle of Britain.
While working as a Flight Mechanic at RAF Croydon, Jeff patched-up bullet holes in R4118, which made 49 sorties with 605 Squadron during September and October 1940. The aircraft is now the only remaining airworthy Mk 1 Hurricane to have been in the battle.
Jeff is pictured being shown round the aircraft by its owner, James Brown, outside the Aircraft Restoration Company’s hangar at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.
Jeff said: “It was absolutely wonderful to see this aircraft again. She looked just as she did back then. James and his team are looking after her really well.”
The reunion was organised by the RAF Association after Jeff, who is President of our Evesham Branch, was featured in our July edition of Air Mail magazine.
Research for the article led us to James, who immediately offered to meet Jeff.