Hawker Hurricanes Win Battle of Britain

Hawker Hurricanes fly in formation. It’s estimated that Hurricane pilots were credited with four-fifths of all enemy aircraft destroyed in the Battle of Britain.

…I expect that the battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation…

[Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the House of Commons on 8 June 1940, following the collapse of France. Many thought Britain would follow.]

For those of us who read a lot of military history about World War Two, if we played a word association game and you said, “Battle of Britain,” most of us would respond, “Spitfire.”

Yet it was the Hawker Hurricane fighter which did yeoman’s service during the Battle of Britain and shot down substantially more German aircraft than the iconic Spitfire.

The Hawker Hurricane was the first fighter monoplane to join the Royal Air Force and the first combat aircraft adopted by that arm capable of exceeding 300 mph in level flight. The Hurricane shouldered the lion’s share of Britain’s defense during the ” Battle of Britain”.

A well-written and detailed article on the Hawker Hurricane can be found on the Aviation History website.

[Source: The Churchill Centre and Museum at the Churchill War Rooms London. Images courtesy of BBC and Aviation History.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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