Hurricane Dogfight

Nigel Bangert

Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom

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The Hurricane in this image is the gate guardian of North Weald Airfield in Essex, the Buchon was taken at one of the many air shows I attend and the background is a view of Dungeness from the top of The Old Lighthouse. All other elemants in the picture, smoke, fire, bullets etc are my own creation using CS3. All images used are my own.
Nikon cameras were used for the photography, except the gate guardian which is an old picture I took with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8.

Without the Hurricane, the RAF would have probably lost the Battle of Britain, because there were simply not enough Spitfires emerging from the aircraft factories and into the squadrons.
In the national struggle for survival, the Hurricane dominated the front line.
When Churchill made his famous tribute to the men of the RAF in August 1940, telling Parliament that ‘never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few’, it was the Hurricane units that deserved the lion’s share of the Prime Minister’s accolade.
On the eve of the Battle of Britain in early July 1940, Fighter Command’s operational force throughout the United Kingdom was made up of 29 squadrons of Hurricanes and 19 of Spitfires, proportions that were to remain the same throughout the coming months.
The overall distribution between the two fighters was largely reflected in German losses. According to the Air Ministry’s own figures, for every two Luftwaffe planes brought down by the Spitfires, three were shot down by Hurricanes.

The Spitfire snobbery even extended to German airmen, some of whom seemed to regard the idea of being shot down by a Hurricane as an insult to their honour.
One Hurricane pilot, Eric Seabourne, ended up in a hospital in Portsmouth after he had been badly injured in a dogfight. In the bed next to him was a German pilot.
‘He had been shot down by a Hurricane, which he thought much below his dignity. If it had been a Spitfire, it would have been OK – but not a Hurricane,’ recalled Seabourne.

Thanks to the Daily Mail for these extracts from their article. To read the full story click HERE

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