8:50am Wednesday 2nd May 2012
A PIECE of military history has returned to York City Centre.
A Hawker Hurricane fighter is in St Sampson’s Square as part of an exhibition recalling a deadly air raid on York.
The Second World War fighter aircraft carries the emblem of 341 Squadron, a Free French RAF squadron which fought in the Battle of Britain, and has been placed alongside an exhibition detailing the damage suffered by York during the Baedeker Raid on April 29, 1942.
That night, York was saved from further damage by lone French fighter pilot Yves Mahe in a 253 Squadron Hawker Hurricane.
He chased off enemy bombers and saved the city from further damage.
The Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton, and the city’s Sheriff, Alan Deller, officially welcomed the Hurricane and the exhibition to the city. The plane will be on display until Sunday, stewarded by staff from the engineering department of the Yorkshire Air Museum.
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