Sunday, 28 October 2012

Hawker Hurricane

CA39703 - 1/72 HAWKER SEA HURRICANE MK.IIC, 835 NAS, HMS NAIRANA, 1944After a sterling service during the Battle of Britain, the Hawker Hurricane was then adapted for a number of different roles. One of the most crucial was the conversion for use on-board merchant ships as a catapult fighter and conventional aircraft carriers as a naval fighter. The Sea Hurricane Mk.IIC was the ultimate development of the naval Hurricane. Armed with four 20mm cannons it packed a powerful punch and was easily able to deal with the Focke-Wulf Fw200 over the Atlantic.
835 NAS was predominately equipped with Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers, with a flight of Hurricanes added in late 1943 to provide some form of air defence. Operating from the escort carrier HMS Nairana, the squadron was involved in patrolling the Atlantic convey routes as well as the Gibraltar run.

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