BE505 - Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb - pic by Nigel Key
BE505 - Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb, ©Nigel Key

PZ865 | LF363 | Z7015 | Z5140 | R4118 | BE505

The Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb – ‘5403’, was manufactured by Canada Car and Foundry Company Limited in Langley, Canada, and served as a home based fighter with the RCAF 135 squadron from 1942 to 1945.

‘5403’ was decommissioned after the war, refurbished and sold in June 1947. Most aircraft sold in Canada were used for ‘spares’ to keep farm equipment going but fortunately ‘5403’ survived mostly intact until being discovered in 1991 by Hawker Restorations who then transported her over to the United Kingdom.

Peter Teichman bought ‘5403’ and restoration began in 2005 by Hawker Restorations Ltd and after 28,000 man hours she was completed and ready for her first flight as ‘BE505’ on 27th January 2009 from North Weald airfield, to be flown by Stuart Goldspink.

The Hurricane Mk IIb, had a more powerful Merlin engine (Packard Merlin 29 fitted in BE505) and more effective armament than the Mk I Hurricanes. The 'b' wings were capable of housing twelve 0.303" Browning machine guns but were generally reduced to ten when carrying either two 250lb or 500lb bombs, indeed this latter configuration is that of 'BE505'. When equipped with bombs the Hurricane was known as a 'Hurribomber'.

Hurricane ‘5404’ has been repainted in the colour scheme of RAF serial number 'BE505' ‘XP-L’ which had been issued to 174 Squadron at Manston, Kent, which was formed from Hurribombers in March 1942.

‘BE505’ saw action during the Dieppe amphibious landing on 19th August 1942 piloted by Flight Sergeant C. Bryce Watson who was shot down by flak, although he survived the experience he was captured and became a prisoner of war.

Hurricane Mk IIb BE505 ('5403') 'XP-L' is part of Peter Teichman's "Hangar 11 Collection" based at North Weald.

Length - 32ft 3in (9.84m)
Wingspan - 40ft 0in (12.19m)
Height - 13ft 1.5in (4.0m)
Engine - Packard Merlin 29
Power - 1,300 Hp
Max. Speed - 301mph (484km/h)
Range - 465 mile (748km)

Machine Guns - 10 x 0.303" Browning
Bombs - 2 x 250lb or 1 x 500lb

PZ865 | LF363 | Z7015 | Z5140 | R4118 | BE505


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Hangar 11 Collection
The fabulous 'Hangar 11 Collection' is based at North Weald and is currently comprised of the following historic aircraft: -

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XI
Serial No: PL965
Built By: Aldermaston
Delivered: October 1944

Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb
Original Serial No: 5403 (RCAF)
Current Serial No: BE505 (RAF)
Built By: Canada Car & Foundry Co Ltd
Delivered: 1942

P51D Mustang Serial No: 44-72035
Name: "Tall In The Saddle"
Built By: Inglewood, California
Delivered: December 1944

Curtiss P40M Kittyhawk
Serial No: 840
Built By: Curtiss
Delivered: October 1943


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