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WW2 aircraft takes to the skies again 77 years after crashing

A restored Hawker Hurricane takes to the skies 77 years after crash landing at Dunkirk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Second World War aircraft grounded for nearly 80 years after crashing has once again taken to the skies.

The Hawker Hurricane is one of ten saved by a restoration business at Elmsett near Ipswich.

14,000 of the planes were made for the RAF during the war but now only a handful exist.

The latest project restored a plane which crash landed in Dunkirk in 1940 but is now flying again after a painstaking rebuilding process.

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Cambridge prisoner of war's Christmas letters

One of John Crook's letters. Credit: St John's College, University of Cambridge.

Christmas letters written by a Cambridge academic while he was a prisoner of war have been published for the first time.

John Crook wrote the notes at the age of 22 after being captured in Italy during the Allied landings in 1943.

They are described as "unyieldingly positive" despite the notoriously tough conditions at the Stalag Luft VIII-B camp.

In one letter, he optimistically predicted he and his fellow prisoners would "do all right" over the festive season thanks to a supply of Red Cross parcels, and plenty of fuel and entertainment.

His correspondence is now available to view online through the St John's College archives.

Rare WW2 jeep stolen from Duxford Imperial War Museum

The rare 1944 Willys Jeep stolen from the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The owner of a rare Second World War jeep stolen while it was on show at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford says he's been left devastated as it belonged to his father.

The American Marine used it while he was stationed at Pearl Harbour during the war.

It was being displayed as part of a classic vehicle event when it was taken on Sunday.

The 73-year-old owner, who doesn't want to be named, says it has 'great sentimental value' and just wants it back.

"It is extremely upsetting to lose the Jeep because it held such fond memories of my father.

"These Jeeps were built to last no longer than a week, or one tank of fuel. Soldiers even had printed instructions on how to destroy them quickly to prevent them falling into enemy hands.”

– Jeep's owner
Police in Cambridgeshire want help from the public in recovering the stolen jeep. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police
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