North American AT-16 Harvard IIB c/n 14-245-705 was built by Noorduyn Aviation Ltd., at Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with ‘paper’ USAAF serial 42-708 and delivered to the RCAF as FE511 on 13th October 1942. For WWII, this 1942-built Harvard II served with the RCAF as FE511 at No.6 Service Flying Training School at Dunnville, Ontario. On 11 December 1946, FE511 was Struck off Charge from the RCAF.
n October 2015, the aircraft was sold to UK based Hurricane Holdings to restore the Harvard IIB to her original wartime paint scheme. On 29th October 2015, SE-BII arrived at Old Warden aerodrome near Biggleswade for restoration work. On 1st February 2016, registration SE-BII was cancelled as exported to the UK, and, on 2nd February 2016, the aircraft was registered G-CIUW to owner James Brown of Oxford. After months of painstaking work by the teams at RGV and Ardent Paint Care in Gloucester, the restoration of AT-16 Harvard Mk.IIB as ‘FE511’ was completed.