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Nighthawk – Under cover of darkness, Britain’s Hawker Hurricane hunts for prey

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC PZ865 of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is now painted to represent an all-black, cannon-armed, night-fighter/intruder of 247 Squadron RAF. (Photo by John Dibbs/Facebook.com/theplanepicture)
Combat report: 01:35 hours September 12, 1941 “I saw an aircraft come out of the thin cloud about 3,000 feet below and to my left. With a height advantage, I closed rapidly at about 320 mph. It was a Heinkel He 111 shadowing the convoy. With a perfect attacking position, I closed to 600 yards and opened fire with my four cannons … and missed. The retarding effect of the cannon blast dropped the nose...

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Nighthawk – Under cover of darkness, Britain’s Hawker Hurricane hunts for prey

Article in April 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER: Flying in darkness, single-seat, non-radar-equipped Hawker Hurricanes flew with RAF Fighter Command night-fighter squadrons, their pilots attempting to intercept and destroy German bombers attacking targets in England in in 1941. RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane Mk IIC PZ865, flown here by Group Captain Matt Peterson MBE. (Photo by John Dibbs/Facebook.com/ theplanepicture with effects by Betty Nero)


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