Hawker Hurricane Mk1 Night Fighter – 213 Sqn RAF, Middle East 1940s

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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA32002: Hurricane Mk1 Night fighter of 213 Squadron RAF, Middle East 1940s. Finished in the all black colour scheme, this variant had strakes above the engine exhausts to prevent the pilot from losing his night vision. Limited edition, has to be seen to be appreciated and quite hard to find.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches

213 Squadron was reformed at Northolt on 8th March 1937, equipped with Gloster Gaunlets and quickly moved to Yorkshire in July of that year.  January 1938 saw the squadron re-equipping with the Hawker Hurricane. At the start of WWII, the squadron was flying fighter patrols and in May 1940 sent a detachment to France for a few days to assist the British Expeditionary Force. The squadron spent the first half of the Battle of Britain in the Southwest of England, before moving to RAF Tangmere.

The squadron was posted to Egypt in May 1941. They flew and fought in the Syrian campaign and fighting over North Africa, culminating in El Alamein. The Hurricanes finished their days flying convoy protection and combat air patrols until February 1944. The Squadron was moved to RAF Idku was re-equipped with Mustangs and flew these in Italy and the Balkans until the end of the war.

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 Hurricane was developed by Hawker in response to the Air Ministry specification F.36/34 (modified by F.5/34) for a fighter aircraft built around the new Rolls-Royce engine, then only known as the PV-12, later to become famous as the Merlin. At that time, RAF Fighter Command comprised just 13 squadrons, each equipped with either the Hawker Fury, Hawker Hart variant, or Bristol Bulldog – all biplanes with fixed-pitch wooden propellers and non-retractable undercarriages. The design, started in early 1934, was the work of Sydney Camm. The design evolved through several versions and adaptations, resulting in a series of aircraft which acted as interceptor-fighters, fighter-bombers (also called “Hurribombers”), and ground support aircraft. Further versions known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications which enabled operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts, known as “Hurricats”. More than 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944 (including about 1,200 converted to Sea Hurricanes and some 1,400 built in Canada by the Canada Car and Foundry).

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Weight 0.9 kg