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The Relics page

This section contains 100% genuine relics of the great aerial conflict Second World War including the Battle of Britain. We have added this section due to numerous enquires for this sort of personal history. All items will have been legally recovered and supported with authentification. Many parts listed in other sections of the site can be linked to the correct aircraft types. The following pieces listed on these pages are from aircraft crash sites and details of the, Squadron, Pilot ,exact date, combat details, aircraft type, and serial number. In most cases if not already supplied it will be possible for a small fee to receive copies of the Squadron Operational record book and official combat reports which are available from the record office at Kew. We have found that its allot more economical to employ the services of a professional researcher. Its costs around 50 to locate and take copies of original documents. Obviously these are crash relics and will not be in a usable condition, its the history that counts and it is possible for example to build up a collection of a Battle of Britain items from start of the battle until the end . Spitfire Spares does not support the recovery of wreckage from anything classified as a War grave or any recovery not fully compliant with the current legislation. Respect for the Brave aircrew is paramount and we will not offer or purchase any personal items recovered from aircrew killed in action serving their Country.  

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AN ORIGINAL RAF WW2 203 SQUADRON FLAG OR CLOTH MESS ROOM WALL HANGING, 203 SQUADRON (pg1 Rel)

 The RFC, which gave birth to the RAF, was formed in 1912. It comprised a Military Wing, a Naval Wing, The Royal Aircraft Factory and the Central Flying School. Eighteen months after its formation, the Naval Wing of the RFC was reformed into the Royal Naval Air Service. It was from these branches that the RAF was formed on 1st April 1918. Whereas the RFC squadron numbers were largely retained from 1 to 199, the number 200 was added to that of each RNAS Squadron, thus 3 Sqn RNAS became 203 Sqn RAF. In 1918 the combined strength of the RAF was 188. Under the guidance of Sir Hugh Trenchard, Britain formed an Air Force independent of Army or Navy control. It was also developed as the first strategic air force in the world at the time. British carriers operated squadrons between 1918 and 1937 as RAF Naval Air Branch squadrons and as such were not under Navy control MEASURES 15 X 30 INCHES HAND

Reproduction German data plate (pg1 Rel)

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 Hurricane Z2505 was flown by Squadron Leader Foit Emil when it caught fire on a training flight over Loch Oich lake on 31st of August 1941. RAF Czech Fighter 310 Squadron.

310 Squadron Hurricane being rearmed RIGHT.

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Pilot's oxygen bottle cradle (pg1 Rel)

310 Squadron Pilots

Pilot's oxygen bottle cradle from Hawker Hurricane Z2505 - an important piece of his kit that would have mounted behind the pilot's seat. In relic condition (three bolts are holding it together for the photo where the original rivets have failed) this item could be improved with some TLC and make a fascinating exhibit, especially if you have a bottle to put in it!  Hawker Aircraft stamps are present on the cradle. 

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Canadian Hurricane link chute (p1 Rel)

HERE WE HAVE  A GENUINE MACHINE G__ LINK CHUTE AS FOUND ON HAWKER HURRICANE BW874 CRASH SITE ON OCT 96. IT WAS CLEANED, IDENTIFIED. IT HAS SMALL DENTS , IT DIDN'T BURNT AND IS NOT CORRODED MADE OF ALUMINIUM

INCLUDING THE SEA HURRICANE XIIA,CANADIAN CAR & FOUNDRY BUILT 1,451 HURRICANES, ALSO TURNED OUT 1,206 WINGS (MOST W 12 X .303 BROWNING MG MOUNTS) AND 1,168 OLEO LEGS

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Waclaw Lapkowski

Waclaw Lapkowski second from right at the time this picture was taken he was Squadron Leader of the famous 303 Squadron.

The following smaller engine parts all come from the same Merlin and aircraft shown above and the guarantees  and information supplied applies to all the parts listed under

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 1 (pg1 relics)

Head bolt

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 2 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 3 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 5 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 6 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 7 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 8 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 9 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 10 (pg1 relics)

This piece has a brass plate and once removed moister from the compressor that operated the Guns and pneumatics.

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 11 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 11 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 13 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 13 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 16 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 18 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 20 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 23 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 25 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 27 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 30 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Piston and Rod (pg1 Pwr)

This is a piston and rod recovered from the crash site of Hurricane P2985. I can guarantee the provenance of this piece and will supply the new owner with three pages of A4 listing information of the 303 Squadron Pilot Waclow Lapkowski who was flying this aircraft when he was shot down on the 5th of September 1940. In addition a copy of the combat report is included. I will also supply the history of this piece since its recovery so it is fully traceable to the dig site.

303 RAF Polish Squadron was the top scoring Squadron of the Battle of Britain and as such this is a hugely desirable piece of history for the battle of Britain collector.

It is in remarkably good condition and is straight.  

Born on 6th November 1913, Waclaw Lapkowski was in the Polish Air Force before the war and was serving with its 112 Squadron at the outbreak of war. On 6th September 1939 he shared a He111 and a Do17 with a He111 destroyed on the 9th.

He subsequently made his way to England, details unknown, and joined 303 squadron on the day it was formed at Northolt 2nd August 1940. He claimed a Ju88 destroyed on 5th September. On that day he was himself shot down by a Me109 in combat over Gillingham. He baled out, with a broken leg and burns, landed at Hawkwell and was admitted to Rochford (Southend) Hospital. His Hurricane, P2985, crashed at Bonvill's Farm, North Benfleet.

Awarded the VM (5th Class, gazetted 23rd December 1940) Lapkowski did not return to the squadron until 6th January 1941. He returned from a sweep over France on the 22nd with 25 yards of telephone wire round his engine. Lapkowski was awarded the KW (gazetted 1st April 1941) and was wounded on 13th April 1941 and admitted to hospital. Recovered, on 5th May he took command of 303 Squadron, on 4th June he damaged a Me109, on the 8th he destroyed one, on the 22nd two more, on the 24th another and on the 27th he damaged another.

On 2nd July 941 Lapkowski was leading 303, in Spitfire B8596, flying with the Polish Wing escorting Blenheims to Lille. They were attacked in mid-Channel by fifty Me109s coming down from a higher altitude. Lapkowski was shot down. His body was washed ashore and he is buried in Lombardsidje Communal Cemetery, Belgium.

 

303 Squadron Pilots with one of their Battle of Britain Hurricanes.

Formed on August 2, 1940 in Northolt, No. 303 Kosciuszko Squadron was the second Polish fighter squadron to be formed on British soil. Its personnel recruited mostly from 111 and 112 Squadrons of the Pursuit Brigade, which had fought with distinction in the Polish campaign of 1939. In spite of some difficulties, mostly stemming from inadequate command of English, conversion to Hurricanes and training in the RAF tactics proceeded smoothly, and a month later the squadron entered the Battle - soon proving to be the hardest-hitting unit in the entire Fighter Command.

Find this in the power plant section

The following smaller engine parts all come from the same Merlin and aircraft shown above and the guarantees  and information supplied applies to all the parts listed under

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 1 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 2 (pg1 relics)

Head bolt

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 3 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 4 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 5 (pg1 relics)

Big end bearing shell.

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 6 (pg1 relics)

Big end bearing

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 7 (pg1 relics)

Cover plate stamped with Merlin part number

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 8 (pg1 relics)

Cover plate stamped with Merlin part number

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 9 (pg1 relics)

Cover plate stamped with Merlin part number

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 10 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 10 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 12 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 12 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 14 (pg1 relics)

Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 14 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 15 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 17 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 19 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 21 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 22 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 24 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 26 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 28 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 29 (pg1 relics)

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Hurricane P2985 Merlin part 31 (pg1 relics)

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This is a massive piston and con rod from a JU88 it dwarfs the Merlin piston. Its in excellent condition considering its from a crash site. It belonged to JU88 Jumo engine of JU88 5151 code F1 GFT and attached to the first wing of bomber group 76 (I/KG 76.

On the night of Saturday 10th of April 1941 this group  despatched eleven aircraft to bomb the city of London this was to become the heaviest weekend of bombing the Blitz was to know. Ju88 5151 had dropped its bombs and on a homeword coarse when it was shot down by fire from Brooklands anti aircraft guns. The aircraft crashed into a small copse at Slinfold in Sussex at 10.30.PM Comes with a certificate.

JU 88 Piston and con rod (pg2 pwr) 

Available in power plant section

 

JU 88 Big End bearing (pg2 relics) 

From the above JU88 aircraft with the same history.

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