Hurricane and Halifax: The true workhorses

Hawker Hurricane and Handley Page Halifax Unsung workhorses of the RAF and RCAF
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Unsung but heroic nonetheless.

This is NOT a Lancaster - it is a Halifax. The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). It first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942

The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned during the Battle of Britain, accounting for 60% of the RAF's air victories in the battle, and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.

The unsung plane that REALLY won the Battle of Britain: Hawker Hurricane gets its rightful place in history

The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned during the Battle of Britain, accounting for 60% of the RAF's air victories in the battle, and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.

Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight off the White Cliffs of Dover.

Pilot Officer Arthur "Taffy" Clowes of No. 1 Squadron RAF, climbing into his Hawker Hurricane Mk1 (P3395 "JX-B"), in a revetment at RAF Wittering, Huntingdonshire 1st October 1940

Pilot Officer Arthur "Taffy" Clowes of No. 1 Squadron RAF, climbing into his Hawker Hurricane Mark I "JX-B"), in a revetment at RAF Wittering, Huntingdonshire (UK), 1 October

Aviation Art, Military Aircraft, Ww2 Aircraft, Hurricane Plane, Supermarine Spitfire, Air Planes, Fighter Aircraft, Aircraft Carrier, Hawker Hurricane

The flight engineer of a Handley-Page Halifax of No. 35 Squadron RAF, at his work station aft of the pilot's position, prior to take-off from Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire. He is wearing a Type B helmet and 1930 Pattern flying suit.

The flight engineer of a Handley-Page Halifax of No. 35 Squadron RAF, at his work station aft of the pilot's position, prior to take-off from Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire. He is wearing a Type B helmet and 1930 Pattern flying suit.

Hurricane Attack, by Robert Taylor (Hawker Hurricane Mk I Squadron Leader John Grandy, Battle of Britain)

Spending the weeks after arriving at No 151 Squadron RAF on 10 June 1940 to get fully operational, F/L Roddick L "Dick" Smith noticed on 2 July in a hangar at RAF North Weald Hurricane Mk I DZ-Z, fitted with 2 belt-fed Oerlikon cannon, contained in housings under each wing. Although requiring greased 20mm cartridges, the idea of flying an experimental aircraft appealed to the 24-year-old pilot, who thought that its reduced speed of 20mph helped the rest of B Flight to keep up.

Spending the weeks after arriving at No 151 Squadron RAF on 10 June 1940 to get fully operational, F/L Roddick L "Dick" Smith noticed on 2 July in a hangar at RAF North Weald Hurricane Mk I DZ-Z, fitted with 2 belt-fed Oerlikon cannon, contained in housings under each wing. Although requiring greased 20mm cartridges, the idea of flying an experimental aircraft appealed to the 24-year-old pilot, who thought that its reduced speed of 20mph helped the rest of B Flight to keep up.

Halifax with battle damage -- I hope that gunner was lucky !

Halifax of 51 Squadron was attacked by a night fighter on the way to Frankfurt December

Going to work.

I struggled to come up with a decent title for this one. This is about the planes that were overshadowed by their more glamorous counterparts. Everybody loves Mustangs, Spitfires and Hellcats.

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