world war ii: hawker hurricane

Personnel of No. 53 Repair and Salvage Unit use a Coles Crane to haul the fuselage of damaged Hawker Hurricane Mark IIB, BD930 ‘R’, of No. 73 Squadron RAF onto a 'Queen Mary’ trailer in the Western Desert. Following repair, BD930 saw further service with No. 335 (Hellenic) Squadron and No. 127 Squadron RAF.

“A Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft (V7476) which was evacuated from Singapore and flown to Australia by Brian Eaton, RAF, in 1942. It was the only Hurricane based in Australia during the Second World War and the RAAF designated it A60-1. The aircraft was based at Laverton, Victoria for the duration of the war and was scrapped some time in 1945-1946. Note the tropicalised air filter which was fitted to many aircraft types operating in the Pacific theatre.”

(Australian War Memorial)


601 (County of London) Squadron

No. 601 (County of London) Squadron was a squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, based in London. The squadron battle honours most notably include the Battle of Britain and the first Americans to fly in World War II were members of this squadron.601 flew Hawker Hurricane Mk.Is during the Battle of Britain, but changed to the Airacobra in August 1941 to March 1942 when they changed over to the Spitfire.