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The only place in Europe where visitors can see aircraft which have been recovered from the Russian front where they were shot down over 60 years ago. These rare warbirds are displayed in crash dioramas to represent the actual crash sites! Read about the last battles of World War Two fought between the Russians and the Japanese. These "forgotten" battles were still raging even after the formal signing of the surrender was made aboard the battleship USS Missouri on September 2 1945.
 
 
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Bell P-63 Kingcobra - Soviet Air Force
Friend & Foe now face one another head one in the Ghosts of the Tundra Hall, see a representation of the abandoned airfield where 6 Bell P-63 Kingcobras were recovered. Hear the sounds of wartime Russian folk music playing in the distance while a P-63 Kingcobra starts and warms up prior to another flight over the Kurile Islands in 1945.
 
Nakajima B5N2 Kate - Imperial Japanese Navy
The Nakajima B5N2 Kate which recently featured in "Flypast Magazine" can be seen opposite the Kingcobra. Set on a "beach" scene complete with the sounds of sea gulls flying overhead, these impressive remains give a totally unique opportunity to see the aircraft that was made famous during the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the only place in the world where an original Kate can be seen under cover and preserved for prosperity.
 
Douglas A-20 Boston / Havoc - Soviet Air Force
This once mighty medium bomber can be seen in a "forest" diorama depicting the actual crash site where it crashed over 60 years ago. Ghostly reminders of those past battles can still be seen in form of bullet strikes on the propeller blades and holes in the rear fuselage from 20mm cannon fire. See the now faded American Star and Bar adorning the fuselage and wonder what it would have been like to have been a crew member on board this aircraft during its final moments of flight.
 
Hawker Hurricane
In our "Fighter Offensive" section can be seem the mortal remains of a Soviet Operated Hawker Hurricane which battled against hitler's forces as he fought his way into Russia during Operation Barbarosa which began on 22nd June 1941. This bold attempt by Hilter proved to be too much and some of fiercest aerial fighting of World War Two occurred on the Russian Front, this is evident from numerous bullet holes which are still evident today.
 
Handley Page Hampden P1273
In our "Bomber Offensive" section of the museum can be seen the remains of a rare Handley Page Hampden which was lost during a ferry flight Russia in 1942. Read the Canadian Pilots story in his own words, see the bullet holes that brought the aircraft down. You will be amazed at the courage and determination of the pilot and his crew as they injured a hale of fire by the attacking Bf 109.
 
 
 
NEW Just added "Ghosts of the Tundra" Prints available for sale
 
 
An exciting range of exclusive prints have recently been released by Aviation Artist Ron Cole who has teamed up with the Wings Museum to recreate these "Ghosts" in their former glory.
 
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Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" £30 plus p&p
Overall Print size 48 x 33 cm (supplied un-framed)

In august 1945, after the Allied bombing of Hiroshima, the Soviet Union opted not to renew their non-aggression past with the Japanese government and invaded Manchuria and the Kurile Islands in full force.

Here, on August 15, 1945, the last few Japanese bombers on hand from Sakhalin (a single B5N2 and two "Jill" bombers) execute a night strike on Russian shipping.

 
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Available at Wings Museum £30 plus p&p
Overall Print size 48 x 33 cm (supplied un-framed)
 

Provided to the Soviet Union in late WW2, the American-built P-63 Kingcobra was deployed
against Japanese forces in August 1945 during the Russian's invasion of the Sakhalin
Islands.

 
Available in the at the Wings Museum or e-mail info@wingsmuseum.co.uk
 
 

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