The Hawker Hurricane - the RAF's forgotten fighter star of the Battle of Britain.
Sources and Links for the Hawker Hurricane fighter plane
Hawker Hurricane Appreciation Facebook group.
Hawker Hurricane Facebook community page.
hurricanereplicas : Hurricane Replicas - The Yahoo newsgroup "Dedicated to getting more examples of Hawker Hurricanes flying. A forum to assist builders with ideas and share building tips."
Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, near London.
Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, Shropshire.
Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome.
Survivors - A complete catalogue of every existing
by Gordon Riley published by Grub Street Publishing 2015.Hardback - 224 pages - (ISBN 1909808342 / 978-1909808348)
"With 2015 being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain arguably the Hawker Hurricanes finest hour it is appropriate to tell the story of the surviving Hurricanes from around the world. Building on research originally started thirty years ago, the author has delved into the archives to amass new information and in the process managed to identify positively one particular Hurricane which had proved elusive for more than forty years."
|"Angels One Five"
(1951 - feature film - black and white - 105 minutes).
Associated British Picture Corporation Ltd.
Starring Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray "And John Gregson as Pilot Officer Baird"
In June 1940 Group Captain "Tiger" Small (Hawkins)
is in charge of the RAF fighter base at Neethley. After
the fall of France action is restricted to skirmishes
with the Luftwaffe while preparations are rushed through
for the battle to come. Pilot Officer Baird, straight
from training and full of his own skill in following
flying rules to the letter, arrives in a brand new
Hurricane to join the squadron. Unfortunately his landing
at the same time as the battle scared old hands of the
squadron means that he suffers a difficult settling in
period. The story follows the flowering of Baird as a war
pilot, a man and a fully rounded personality while the
squadron fight the Battle of Britain.
|Battle of Britain (1969
- feature film - colour - 132 minutes). United Artists
The cast of many stars included Laurence Olivier as Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander-in-Chief, Fighter Command.
The film starts with the end of the Battle of France in May 1940 as RAF pilots withdraw to the UK. After the various stages of the Battle of Britain the film closes with scenes of Fighter Command pilots waiting for Luftwaffe raids that don't come and Nazi troops abandoning their invasion barges that will never sail.
Among the many aircraft used in the film were six Hawker Hurricanes (three of which were able to fly.)
"Going Solo" by Roald Dahl (ISBN 0 14 010306 6) published by Penguin 1986.
Roald Dahl 1916 1990.
The book covers Dahls early manhood from sailing to Africa as one of the last generation of Empire Builders to his return to England after being invalided out of active service as a fighter pilot. Dahl vividly describes being sent to Greece as a novice combat pilot to join a handful of Hurricanes covering the Allied evacuation of 1941. Despite facing an Axis air force of over 1,000 aircraft, he survived to fight another day. That other day was the Syrian Campaign, based near Haifa, Palestine/Israel, flying his Hurricane not only against the Luftwaffe but also the Vichy French Air Force.
"Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly" by David Niven (ISBN 0 241 10690 7) published by Hamish Hamilton, London 1981.
You may think that this is a mistake but this novel of wartime romance contains a graphic description of a "Hurricat" action in the North Atlantic. The Hero of the story volunteers for service without realising the details of how his Hurricane will be used in mid-Atlantic. (The rugged Hurricane would catapult from a ramp of a merchant ship if enemy aircraft were sighted. The rocket powered launch was, however, the easy part - the landing after protecting the convoy was not catered for!) See pages 76 - 86.
The facts are that 35 "Catapult Armed Merchantman" (CAM) ships were used during 1941-43 until enough aircraft carriers became available for convoy protection. CAM Hurricanes shot down at least 6 enemy aircraft.
"Hurricanes Over Malta" by Brian Cull & Frederick Galea. (ISBN 1 902304 91 8) published by Grub Street, London, 2001.
"Based on the widely acclaimed 1987 Grub Street publication Malta: The Hurricane Years , Brian Culls Hurricanes over Malta is a fully revised and updated account of the RAF and Commonwealth pilots who flew Hurricanes in defence of Malta between June 1940 and April 1942. Most of the Hurricanes which held this tiny outpost were flown from the decks of aircraft carriers or bases in North Africa, while a handful of fighter pilots arrived by Sunderland flying boats............Since the earlier publication, a number of important personal diaries and journals have come to light, and these have been widely quoted to give atmosphere to the story and relay the thoughts of some of the pilots. The impressions they provide are a fitting tribute to their courage, aspirations and fears. The book is further enhanced by the personal experiences of FIt Lt (then Sgt Plt) James Pickering AFC, who flew Hurricanes with 261 Squadron, and who has also kindly provided the Foreword and many of the previously unpublished photos to be found within."
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