Southern Railway Battle of Britain Class Locomotive 92 Squadron

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Reference WMO258737

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Nene Valley Railway

Wansford

Stibbington

Stibbington

PE8 6LR

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Description: Vehicle
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The 'Light' Pacific 4-6-2 class of express locos were designed for the Southern Railway (SR) during the Second World War and built by both the SR and after nationalisation British Railways. Because this type was used widely in the south east 43 of them were named after RAF commanders, commands, airfields, squadrons, aircraft and politicians connected with the 1940 battle. Numbered 34081 92 Squadron was built by British Railways (Southern Region) at Brighton in 1948 and withdrawn by British Railways in 1964. 92 (East India) Squadron operated from the sector airfield of RAF Biggin Hill, Kent during the Battle which came under the control of 11 Group. Their Spitfires wore the QJ squadron code. They were the first squadron ordered into action on 15th September 1940 which was later to become known by the RAF as Battle of Britain Day. Subsequently they were awarded the Battle of Britain battle honour. The Squadron motto is Aut pugna aut morere (Either fight or die) and their badge is of an Indian cobra snake entwining a Canadian maple leaf. When Vicker-Armstrong donated their company Spitfire to the RAF in 1965 in was painted in 92 Squadron markings. The locomotive is preserved in its original unrebuilt form. It returned to steam in 2017 wearing bright malachite green which was introduced by the Southern for this class after the colourless war years in an attempt to improve the railway's image. Owned by the Battle of Britain Locomotive Society it is currently resident on the Nene Valley heritage railway.
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