Sonja's Collection Update

Sonja Bailey is the Museum's Collection Manager. Sonja is responsible for all our exhibits. This page will focus on some of the newer items or updated displays at Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

The wreckage of Hawker Hurricane I, P3115, Squadron Leader Thomas Gleave

This display was previously in one of the bays in the original part of the museum near the entrance. We wanted to move it to a bigger area because we had additional items of wreckage that we needed to display. These have now been put on show in an updated display in the new hall area as shown below,.

On 31st August 1940 Squadron Leader Thomas Percy Gleave of 253 Sqn at RAF Kenley entered in to combat with Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-88s. His Hawker Hurricane, P3115, was shot down in flames and crash landed at Mace Farm in Hazel Wood, Cudham in Kent. He was admitted to Farnborough Hospital with life threatening burns. Thomas survived and became the founding member of the 'Guinea Pig' club of burns victims during World War Two.