Name/TitleBrowning machine gun from Tom Gleave's downed aircraft
About this objectBrowning machine gun from Squadron Leader Thomas Gleave’s Hurricane
This Browning machine gun was recovered from the downed Hurricane of Fighter Pilot, Squadron Leader Tom Gleave (253 Squadron).
Each Hurricane and Spitfire was armed with eight guns. They could fire 320 rounds at enemy aircraft in two seconds.
Gleave was shot down on 31st August 1940 near Biggin Hill and seriously burned. He was one of the first patients treated by the pioneering plastic surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, and became the first and only ‘Chief Guinea Pig’.
PeriodSecond World War
Medium and MaterialsMetal
MeasurementsL 900mm x W 80mm (Widest point)
Subject and Association Keywords253 Squadron
Credit LineOn loan from Richard Black, Private Collection