Saving Amy

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford Mk.V EB518

The substantial remains of Airspeed Oxford Mk.V EB518 were delivered to Hangar 42 at Blackpool Airport, Lancashire in early 2020, where the Lytham St Anne’s Spitfire Ground Display Team and the Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team are restoring it to static condition.

Some of the remains of EB518 which will be restored to represent Oxford Mk.II V3540

The exhibit will ultimately represent Oxford Mk.II V3540, the machine in which famous aviatrix Amy Johnson was lost on January 5, 1941, after departing from RAF Squires Gate (today’s Blackpool Airport), but it’s also intended to be a permanent memorial to all RAF and Commonwealth crews who flew the type during World War Two.

EB518 was built in 1943 and was sent to 35 Service Flying Training School at North Battleford in Canada as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. It was struck off charge in August 1946 and stored outside until recovered by the Midland Aircraft Recovery Group during the late 1990s. We don’t know much about EB518’s time in Canada, but we are keen find out.
We have a lot of fundraising to do, as we are reliant on public donations. On inspection, it became evident that the airframe’s wooden structure was beyond economical repair and would need to be replaced.

Some of the remains of EB518 which will be restored to represent Oxford Mk.II V3540

We are currently looking for any Airspeed Oxford components and assistance with construction of the airframe. The aircraft can be viewed at Hangar 42’s open days and further information can be found on the Lytham St Anne’s Spitfire Centre Hangar 42 or Saving Amy Facebook pages.

Eric Watkiss


Weʼre raising £5,000 to raise funds to rebuild our airspeed oxford central wing section and restore the engines to potential ground running condition

The saving amy airspeed oxford project which is restoring an original ww2 veteran aircraft in memorial to Amy johnson, who went missing fly one of these aircraft after taking off from blackpool in january 1941, is very close to completing phase one of the restoration by rebuilding the cockpit section . Phase two of the rebuilding will consist of rebuilding Amy’s central wingbox structure and engines . We have been very kindly donated a large consignement of spruce by Heritage Trees of henley on thames and a large amount of engine components by Pima Air and Space Museum Arizona USA.  We desperatly need funds to start these next phases of the rebuild Can you help ??

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