30/06/2012. Remarks by Malcolm Lowe: "The restoration of this aircraft from a large number of parts began in earnest at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum in 2000, and the work was completed in the late summer of 2007. The rebuild was based mainly upon major airframe parts of the Noorduyn-built ex-RAF Harvard Mk.IIB KF488, but with many components from several other unidentified Harvards as well, including the vertical tail from a former FAA-operated example.
The aircraft was painted in early WW II RAF training colors (albeit with some dummy armament also installed), and was on show in the Museum's outside public display area at Bournemouth Airport in Dorset, southern England. The aircraft is named 'Billie' in memory of the late Bill Hamblen, a Dorset-based collector and aviation enthusiast who saved many aviation artifacts from destruction including parts for the Harvard, but who sadly died during 2003.
The Museum was located until the late 2000's at Bournemouth Airport, but was forced to re-locate due to expansion at the airport which then included no room for the airport's rich aviation heritage. The Museum is now located across the main road from the airport."