British Hurricane fighter of No. 85 Squadron RAF taxiing at Debden, Essex, England, United Kingdom at night, 14 Mar 1941; note navigation lights on wingtips

Caption   British Hurricane fighter of No. 85 Squadron RAF taxiing at Debden, Essex, England, United Kingdom at night, 14 Mar 1941; note navigation lights on wingtips ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseImperial War Museum
Identification Code   4700-16 CH 2250
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 20 Jul 2010
Licensing  Crown Copyright / Public Domain. According to the Crown Copyright laws of the United Kingdom, copyright protection has expired for photographs created prior to 1 Jun 1957.



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
31 Oct 2013 12:30:41 PM

HURRICANE AT NIGHT:

The Hawker Hurricane was used as a fighter, fight bomber, catapult launched convoy escort fighter and night fighter. In the night intruder role
the Hurricane was armed w/4 x 20mm cannons, these were Mk.IIC/D models, the fighters were painted overall black, and fitted with exhaust glare shields to help the pilot's night vision.
Missions would be flown over occupied France in 1942 aircraft would fly alone using the full moon to help locate German bombers returning from night raids over England.

TACTICS:

The Hurricane night fighters would orbit German airfields and catch the Germans, as they were on final approach with their landing lights on, and the crews relaxed, get in behind them and shoot them down sometimes this would happen over the home fields and the anti-aircraft gun crews found it difficult not to hit one of their own planes.
Later the Germans would use twin-engine Junkers Ju-88s and Messerschmit Bf-110 as well as single-seat fighters Messerschmitt Bf-109 and Focke-Wulf Fw190s as night fighters, to combat the British

FOR QUEEN & COUNTRY:

Other Hurricane pilots would follow a loose formation of German bombers over the English channel and shoot them down one at a time other pilot's would attack German bombers over London in spite of their own anti-aircraft fire and searchlights.

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