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Hawker Hurricane IIc

Hawker Hurricane IIc night fighter of 87 Squadron RAF, 1942

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This evocative photograph captures the powerful presence of a Hawker Hurricane IIc night fighter of 87 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF), during World War II. The image, taken by renowned aviation photographer Charles E. Brown, transports us back in time to the pivotal moment when the RAF was actively defending the skies against the relentless onslaught of the enemy. The Hawker Hurricane IIc, with its distinctive silhouette and menacing gun ports, was a formidable addition to the RAF's arsenal during the night battles of the war. Equipped with air-to-air radar and powerful armament, this versatile aircraft was instrumental in providing crucial air defense against the German Air Force's (Luftwaffe) night bombing raids. The photograph, taken in 1942, shows the Hurricane IIc parked on a dimly lit airfield, its engine cooling down after a mission. The red and white roundels and serial number 'ZN-S' on the fuselage proudly identify it as a Royal Air Force aircraft. The ground crew, dressed in their protective flying gear, are seen working diligently around the aircraft, ensuring it is ready for its next sortie. The ominous backdrop of the dark sky, punctuated by the occasional glint of stars, underscores the stark reality of the nighttime air war. The Hurricane IIc, with its powerful searchlight piercing the darkness, stands as a testament to the bravery and resilience of the RAF personnel who fought tirelessly to protect their homeland. This photograph is an invaluable record of a pivotal moment in aviation history, capturing the raw emotion, determination, and courage of those who served in the RAF during World War II.

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