The rebirth of Hawker Typhoon JP843

By Pierre Kosmidis

Photos submitted by Ian Slater, JP843 Project Lead, Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. exclusively to and used by permission

Hawker Typhoon JP843 was the fourth production batch of 600 aircraft built by Gloster Aircraft during 1943, deliveries for this batch started 5/4/1943 and ended 12/1943.

JP843 was originally fitted with the “Car Door” canopy, faired cannons and early exhaust fairings.

JP843 Thorney Island. Dicky Harkness

From 51 MU, Lichfield, JP843 was delivered to 197 Sqn Tangmere on 22 Sept 1943. December 1943, the operational records book reports JP843 as OV-T. Jan 3rd 1944 JP843 was flown by Flying Officer K.J. Harding on a Rhubarb to Yvrench with three other Typhoons each armed with 2 X 250 lb bombs.

Harding became separated from the others in the target area and, returning alone, was intercepted by 4 FW190s which he managed to outrun despite sustaining two hits.

Category B damage was repaired, and the aircraft is shown back in operations by 11 Jan 1944.

February 1944 saw an influx of new Typhoons fitted with sliding hoods and RP mods, it is suspected that JP843 was sidelined for a short period before being sent to 13 MU 22 Feb 1944, and Gloster on 25 April 1944.

It is likely that both of these allocations were concerning canopy and RP mods. On return from Glosters, JP843 was reported at 83 GSU, Redhill 8 June 1944 and allocated to 609 Sqn.

JP843 Thorney Island. Dog Blitz Teasing William de Goat By JP843
JP843 Thorney Island. Dog Blitz Teasing William de Goat By JP843

During June 1944, JP843 does not appear in 609 Squadron’s Operational Record Book, however it does appear briefly with 198 Squadron as “K” when it is reported returning with engine trouble.

It is likely that JP843 was “borrowed” form 609 by 198 during the hectic month of June 1944, but does return to 609 between 8 July and 27 July 1944. JP843 was lost during operations along with P/O Price 27 July 1944. contacted Mr. Ian Slater, JP843 Project Lead, Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. to find out more about the exciting project of bringing this historic WW2 aircraft back to airworthy condition.


When did the project start and who were directly involved?

Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. and the rebuild of Hawker Typhoon JP843 started with Ian Slater in British Columbia Canada more than 25 years ago.

The Canadian dream of seeing an airworthy Typhoon started with the fascination of the aircraft’s history and unique design.


Understanding that the undertaking would be incredibly demanding, requiring drawings, skilled trades and an approved organisation as a backbone for the project even before work could begin, Ian trained for more than two decades as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer specializing in sheet metal fabrication.


The search for drawings was difficult, but bared fruit in 2009 with the discovery of volumes of “big Hawker” technical drawings. With the purchase of Roger Marley’s Typhoon project in 2015,Typhoon JP843 came to Canada to join with the work Ian had done throughout his career.


What is your aim and when do you plan to have the project finished?
Hawker Typhoon JP843 is being rebuilt to airworthy condition and will remain as a tribute to not only the three Canadian Typhoon Squadrons, but those of the RNZAF, RAF RAAF etc.
Given the complexities and rarity of data and components for the Typhoon, and the requirements of an airworthy rebuild, we are unable to assign a completion date at this time.
What are the funding sources for the project and what is the estimate for its completion?
JP843 is being built in a purpose built facility with licenced individuals volunteering their time; this keeps our costs as low as possible and limits expenditures to materials and specialized services that cannot be done in our workshop.
Our primary sources of funding for these items are through our paid video channel (  , outside donations, and contributions from Ian Slater.
How much of the actual aircraft is original and how do you replace the missing parts?
There are very few surviving components for the Hawker Typhoon that are is such condition as to be used again in an airworthy aircraft; due to this Typhoon legacy has gone to great effort to locate original examples of surviving components for reverse engineering, testing and documenting.
This process has been ongoing since the project started, and with massive help from our project sponsor E3D Technology, we were able to make a quick start on some of the rarest cockpit components.
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With their scanning and modeling work, combined with thousands of hours from our designers Nicolas Walter and Bruce Slater, we are now approaching the point at which we can start to produce repair parts and begin the assembly process of JP843’s cockpit structure.
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This process is being carried out for all areas of the Typhoon, with the front and rear monocoque sections and radiator fairing already under construction. It is expected new built structure will make up the majority of this rebuild.



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