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The Spitfire

Posted: September 16, 2011 in battle of britain, hurricane, spitfire, world war 2

The book I read to research this post was Spitfire – Portrait of a Legend by Leo McKinstry and it’s a very good book. I got it from the library.

The spitfire almost never happened because when the first protype flew despite their expectations it wasn’t much faster than a hurricane. They went back to the drawing board and made some improvements and made it a lot faster. Hurricanes of course were a lot cheaper to produce. The german despite often being capable of going faster couldn’t go faster than 180mph because if they went faster than that they wouldn’t have enough fuel to get back. So the hurricanes and spitfires made short work of them. The germans didn’t control any decent oilfields so fuel was very much rationed. The british by comparison got fuel from the USA so it wasn’t rationed to the same extent. Also the germans hadn’t any proper bombers.

The Hurricane

Posted: September 15, 2011 in battle of britain, hurricane, spitfire, world war 2

The book I read to research this post was Hurricane – Victor of the Battle of Britain by Leo McKinstry and it’s a great book. I got it from the library.

The hurricane was a very underrated aircraft. They were relatively easy to produce. They had a wooden fuselage and were covered with a canvas. Bullets would pass through the canvas without explode and you would have to literally shoot it to pieces to win a dogfight. At its peak more than half the RAF consisted of hurricanes. The guns on the hurricane were easier to aim than the spitfire. Nearly 3000 were supplied to the russians and there only complaint was that we didn’t send them more.The english sent engineers to help the russians assemble the hurricanes but the soviets didn’t want their help. So they were stuck in the freezing cold with nothing to do. That eventually did get sorted out.