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Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain by [McKinstry, Leo]
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The biography of the aeroplane that won the Battle of Britain, for the seventieth anniversary

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1362 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFJ68U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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The author really knows the aircraft he writes about. This book is complementary to his previous well researched publication of the 'Spitfire'.
Perhaps it is understandable that the 'Hurricane' should follow the 'Spitfire' because this is the general view. Few realise that the Hurricane was statistically the more successful of the two aircraft during the Battle of Britain, and had advantages over the Spitfire as the author stresses. Perhaps it was the development limitations in the subsequent period of the War that helped to endorse this rather biased image in the public mind.
This is a highly readable acount of the development of the aircraft and the people involved with the operations. It is essential reading for anyone who has even a mild interest in military history and particularly events in the Second World War.
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There is an old saying to the effect that quantity has a quality all of its own, and this was never proved better than by the performance of the Hawker Hurricane during the Battle of Britain. While the Hurricane was slower than the Spitfire - and the German Bf109 - it was rugged, stable, and best of all, available in numbers. While the Spitfire was without a doubt the better plane, it was difficult to build and repair, while the Hurricane was comparatively easy to construct - while it looked a modern monoplane fighter, it was built in the fashion of the older planes of the early 1930's.

McKinstry follows up on his earlier studies of the Spitfire and Lancaster, subtitiling the volume "the plane that won the Battle of Britain". That assertion is at least arguably correct: without the Hurricane available in numbers, with Spitfire production lagging behind orders, the outcome in 1940 might have been different indeed. But it is also clear that 1940 was the high-water mark for the Hurri as a fighter plane": after that it was used as a ground attack plane with tank-busting cannon, bombs and rockets, and in theatres outside Europe, such as North Africa, Malta and Burma, and as a catapult plane fired off merchantmen in the mid-Atlantic with no landing strip to return to!

Most of this book is about the Battle, and the role the Hurricane played. Prior to that, its development is run through and post-1940 the story is one of decline and obsolescence, at least in the role it was designed for. There are testimonials from pilots about the reliability and sturdiness of the Hurrincane, to which many owe their life. Some pilots preferred Hurricane to Spitfire, and explain why.
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I really enjoyed Leo McKinstry's book as I have been an admirer of the Hurricane for decades. I have read many books and articles about the Hurricane being compared with the Spitfire. I have always been aware of "Spitfire Snobbery" where enemy pilots claimed to have been shot down by Spitfires when only Hurricanes were in action at the time. The Hurricane was not "pretty" like the Spitfire but it was effective, rugged and got its pilots home even when badly damaged. One of the quotes in the book by a Battle of Britain pilot was particularly apt - "The Spitfire was a Rolls Royce, the Hurricane was a Tank. Which would you rather go to war in!!

There is no doubt that the Spitfire was a faster plane but it was more fragile than the Hurricane. The Spitfire's slim wing meant that the guns tended to "jiggle about" when fired whereas the Hurricane's thicker wing section provided a stable gun platform. The "Spitfire Snobbery" extended to the general public who established Spitfire Funds where communities raised money to buy Spitfires but attempts to do the same for the Hurricane met with public apathy.

The Hurricane continued to be developed and there were versions with cannons, with rockets and with bombs. It remained in service until the end of the war in the Far East where it was an effective ground attack fighter bomber.
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The story of the Hurricane has been told many times and I have read much about it but this book brings all of the background and the politics around the development of the aircraft and sets it in the context of the times. The Hurricane is always overlooked by history, undeservedly so, and this book corrects many of the myths. The book describes the relationship between all of the main players in history leading up to, and through the War. It should be read by all of those who believe that there was only one fighter in the Battle of Britain.
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As a long time aviation fan, from airfix models to joining the ATC Air Training Corps and generally being a lover of flying all my life I found this a very informative and interesting read, very interesting sort of a this is your life for the Hurricane which is one of my favourite aircraft of all time, the book mixes the development and service of the aircraft with statements from those who fought in it. The book is in no way dry or boring but a really satisfying tribute to the plane that won the Battle of Britain and played a massive role in WW 2 and I have to say is a thrill to see flying. This is a very good and recommended book.
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