Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 05:38 AM UTC
Fonthill Media is to release soon "Hawker Hurricane the Multirole Fighter". Author Philip Birtles tells the untold story of the iconic Hawker Hurricane and its young pilots that saved Britain from enemy invasion to win the Battle of Britain
Hawker Hurricane: The Multirole Fighter covers the design, development, production and operations of the Hawker Hurricane before, during and after the Second World War. Without the courage of the young men from Britain and the Commonwealth risking their lives to beat the Luftwaffe and forestalling the enemy invasion of Britain, there would not have been a Battle of Britain. The Hurricane was a simple and rugged metal structure that did not require expensive assembly jigs and not only absorbed battle damage, but was simple to repair. Its wide-track undercarriage allowed operations from rapidly prepared grass fields and its cannon and rocket projectiles could destroy soft skin and armoured targets. Spitfires took over much of the air to air interception while Hurricanes roamed over Europe destroying ground targets. Hurricanes operated off merchant ships on Russian convoys and were vital in the defence of Malta. Hurricanes operated with the Soviet Air Force and the deserts of North Africa, supporting the 8th Army against the forces of Rommel, as well with distinction in Asia.
The book features:
-Previously unpublished accounts from the designers, builders and aircrew of the beloved Hawker Hurricane
-Many contemporary and previously unpublished photographs
-Comprehensive details on the conservation of surviving aircraft
Published: 25 May 2017
ISBN: 978-1-78155-587-3 - Hawker Hurricane the Multirole Fighter - Philip Birtles
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