FREE ADMISSION We're open daily from 10:00am

Hawker Tomtit

Hawker Tomtit
Click image to enlarge.
© Michael Turner

Henshaw used a Hawker Tomtit to fly to and fro between home at Hampton-in-Arden and the Castle Bromwich factory. After a long day's work test flying, he often flew back after dark across the blacked-out countryside. Any aircraft movement, of course, would waken up the searchlights and the local Anti-Aircraft batteries, so it was rarely a relaxing return from work, particularly as the village was situated between Coventry and Birmingham, two of the Luftwaffe's primary targets at this period. Using the roads as a navigational guide, he 'felt' his way his home and landed close to tall trees in a paddock at the end of the garden, where his wife Barbara would meet him by torchlight.

Share your RAF Stories

Collecting stories throughout the world

Find out more
Shobha Earl

Shobha Earl

RAF Stories
Share your RAF Stories
3 Pilots 1 War

Discover the amazing story of three First World War Pilots

Find out more
 Bernard Rice

Bernard Rice

First World War Pilot
3 Pilots 1 War
Historic Hendon Graphic Novel

Bringing the amazing stories of the RAF Museum's historic London site to life

Find out more
Ray Holmes

Ray Holmes

Unassuming Hero
Historic Hendon Graphic Novel