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Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane Book Review

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review November 2010 Title Hawker Hurricane
Author Frederic Lert Publisher Histoire & Collections Publications
Published 2010 ISBN 978-2-915239-87-4
Format 83 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $19.95

Review

The Hawker Hurricane is actually the Battle of Britain’s number one fighter, even though the Spitfire is better known. Manned by the greatest British, Commonwealth and Allied fighter pilots, the Hurricane has flown its bulky fuselage from the sky of England to the Russian steppes. From the waters of the North Atlantic to the sands of the Western Desert. At last, the extraordinary career, if not the best known, of this unique fighter is given justice by this book.

Although the first British combat plane to fly faster than 300 mph, produced almost to the end of WWII and used on every front, the Hawker Hurricane hasn’t always been recognized for what it was worth because although it’s career was brilliant it was to be to a great extent eclipsed by that of the true star, the Supermarine Spitfire. The real winner of the Battle of Britain however was the Hurricane, and by far. Since, in the summer of 1940 two thirds of RAF Fighter Command’s squadrons were equipped with Hurricanes. Even better, at the end of the war, the Hurricane had chalked up a very impressive tally of more than half of the British kills in all theatres of operations included were scored by the different versions of the Hurricane.

This book is in soft cover 7 ¾” x 8 ¾” page format and is 83 pages long.

Chapters are on:

  • From biplane to monoplane
  • From prototype to production series
  • Hurricane Mk. I
  • The Phoney War and fall of France
  • First Export Sales
  • A color profile of the first Hurricane prototype
  • 63 color profiles of the Hurricane MK I
  • The first variant Hawker Mk IIa
  • The Mk IIb
  • The Mk IIc
  • The Mk Iid
  • Hurricanes Mk X, XI and XII
  • 3 color profiles of the Mk II
  • 5 color profiles of the Mk IIa
  • 24 color profiles of the Mk IIb
  • 27 color profiles of the Mk IIc
  • 5 color profiles of the Mk Iid
  • 2 color profiles of the Mk X
  • 2 color profiles of the Mk XII
  • The Hurricane Mk. IV
  • It’s operational use
  • The Hurricane Mk V
  • 7 color profiles of the Mk I
  • 1 color profile of the Mk IIb
  • 1 color profile of the Mk Iie
  • 11 color profiles of the Mk IV
  • The Sea Hurricane Mk Ia & the CAM’s
  • The Sea Hurricane Mk Ib & the Mk Ic
  • The Sea Hurricane Mk IIc & Mk XIIa
  • 1 color profile of a Sea Hurricane Mk Ia on it’s catapult
  • 3 color profiles of a Sea Hurricane Mk I
  • 5 color profiles of a Sea Hurricane Mk Ib
  • 1 color profile of a Sea Hurricane Mk IIb
  • 2 color profiles of a Sea Hurricane Mk IIc
  • 1 color Profile of a Sea Hurricane Mk XII
  • Foreign Users of the Hurricane (Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Ireland, Finland, France, Persia
  • Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Turkey, USSR and Yugoslavia)
  • 1 color profile of a Mk. IId in Belgian marks (including a squadron mark illustration)
  • 1 color profile of a Mk I in Irish Air Force marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk IIc in Egyptian Air Force marks (including a squadron mark illustration)
  • 1 color profile of a Mk. I in Finish marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk. I in Free French marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk XII in French marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk II in Royal Dutch marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk IIc in Indian marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk IIc in Persian marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk IIc in Portugeuse marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk I in Rumanian marks
  • 3 color profiles of a Mk IIb in Soviet marks
  • 2 color profiles of a Mk IId in Soviet marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk IIa in Soviet marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk IIc in Turkish marks
  • 1 color profile of a Mk I in Yugoslavian marks
  • Color profiles of Temperate Land Scheme camouflage variants (1938-1941)
  • Color profiles of Day Fighter Schemes (1941-1945)
  • Desert Schemes or Middle East Schemes (1939-1945)
  • Tropical Land Schemes (1942-1945)
  • Under-surface camouflage schemes
  • Different types of roundels and their sizes
  • Line drawings of the different types calling out the differences.
  • List of Hurricane squadron codes
  • The inside of the front cover of the book shows the cover arts of 12 other aircraft books marketed by Histoire & Collections in English language:
  • Me-109 Vol. 1, Me109 Vol. 2, P-40, Ju-87, P-51, Mirage III, French Aircraft 1939-1942 Vol. 2, Fw-190, F-4 Phantom U.S. Navy & USMC Vol 1, Me-110, Mig 21, F-4 Phantom U.S. Air Force & Export Versions.
  • The cover arts of 9 aircraft books in the French language only is shown:
  • MD-450 Ouragan, Sepcat Jaguar, Mirage F1c & F1b, P-47 Thunderbolt, Mirgage IV, Mirage F-1CR & F-1CT, C-160 Transall, Mirage III Vol. 1 and Mirage III & 5 Vol. 2.
  • 2 covers of books in their Great American Combat Aircraft Series are shown.
  • The F-14 Tomcat & F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • There are 43 black and white wartime photos in the book. One of these photos is of Sydney Camm designer of the Hurricane. Two color photos are also included.
  • Inside the back cover of the book is the cover arts of 9 more Histoire & Collections books:
  • In their Great Army Air Forces collection:
  • 8th Air Force
  • 9th Air Force
  • In their The Art of…collection:
  • Corsair
  • 60 Years of Combat Aircraft
  • The Art of Daniel Bechennec
  • In their Legend of the Sky colletion:
  • Lockheed Constellation
  • Boeing 707 & KC-135
  • In their Air Stories collection:
  • 5th Air Force
  • Aerobatic Teams

If you are a fan of the Hurricane fighter and want a whole bunch of different color schemes that you can use on your kit this is the book for you. Very highly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Casemate Publishing for this review sample!

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