9 November 2022New Exhibit – a Ju52 at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum.
The Trustees and Volunteers at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust at Hawkinge are very excited and pleased to announce the acquisition of a C.A.S.A. 352L (Junkers Ju 52/3M) to the ever-expanding collection of airframes at the Museum.
For many years the Museum’s Chairman, Dave Brocklehurst MBE, has been searching for several key airframes to add to the Collection and to depict critical aircraft flown during the Battle of Britain including those that would have been seen over Great Britain had an invasion taken place. In 2015 (seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battle) we were very fortunate to acquire the beautiful replica of a Boulton Paul Defiant, in December 2017 the substantial remains of a Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV (based on a Canadian built Bolingbroke), in September 2019 a Heinkel He 111H-16 and now in November 2022 a C.A.S.A. 352L (Junkers Ju 52/3M).
Dave Brocklehurst said: ‘We are very excited to have acquire this rare and important airframe. When she arrives in November 2022, she will become one of the Volunteers main winter projects, which will see her fully stripped and repainted externally and into a colour scheme of a Junkers Ju 52/3M that would have had taken part in Operation Sealion, the planned invasion of Great Britain, had it taken place. It has been a personal quest for me for over forty years to acquire a Junkers Ju 52/3M for the Museum Collection. Now all we must do is locate such aircraft as a Junkers Ju 87B, Junkers Ju 88A, Dornier Do 17Z to add to the Collection!