(Crown Copyright – RAF Typhoon Display Team)

This morning, the RAF Typhoon Display Team have released images of a new special schemed aircraft for the 2024 display season.

Applied to Typhoon FGR4 ZJ913, the scheme represents a Hawker Typhoon of 257 Squadron during June 1944 complete with invasion strips on the fuselage and wings. 257 Squadron was part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force flying fighter-bomber missions as part of 146 Wing. The specific codes ‘FM-G’ represent the aircraft flown by Sqn Ldr Denzil Jenkins. Jenkins began the war as an airman and was commissioned as an officer in Jan 1944. Later, he became Officer Commanding (OC) 257 and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross .

In the lead up to the Normandy Invasion 257 squadron struck major transport and military targets. Following the invasion, the unit moved to Normandy continuing operations in support of allied ground forces as they advanced across Europe.

2024 marks the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. With many of the UK major airshows commemorating the anniversary the special schemed Typhoon is a welcome addition to the circuit this year.