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on 30 September 2013
As one who was servicing and repairing these wonderful aircraft during the Battle of Britain at 13 MU RAF Henlow,
Ultimately turning round some 60 odd aircraft a month, working all hours. Finally towards the end of the war after a long sojourn on Spitfires, Finishing in Yugoslavia with an assortment of Fighters, including 6 Squadron's rocket firing Hurricanes. A truly wonderful aircraft very easy to work upon.
This book dots a lot of "I"s and crosses most of the "T" s of a truly remarkable aircraft on which I had been proud to work. ( ex RAF Fitter 2 A)
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on 8 November 2013
As others have pointed out, this story needed telling. There has been so much hype about the Spitfire, that that aircraft has tended to overshadow its more workmanlike partner. The combat reports and the putting of the Hurricane's role in the wider context of the war are all fascinating. So it is, all in all, a remarkable collection of accounts, but I did find that reading combat report after combat report became just a little wearing after a time.
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on 30 September 2013
A great read. The Hurricane, always looked upon as the poor relation to the Spitfire, was in many ways a better aeroplane & it's traditional build was invaluable during the early part of the war. The anecdotes by men who actually flew them bear out Sidney Camms genius.
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VINE VOICEon 12 October 2015
Interesting and nice to see the Hurricane, which was more successful than the Spitfire during the battle of Britain, being lauded for a change. I always thought that the Hurricane was sadly overlooked. Mind you the Germans seemed to think that any aircraft encountered over Britain was a Spitfire. This is an interesting and informative book that manages to stay away from being dusty or dry. Well worth the read.
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on 6 August 2014
I enjoyed reading this book to remind me of the various roles and exploits of the Hurricane in WW2. I particularly liked the anecdotes from the pilots about their experiences with the Hurricane in all the theatres in which it served. The different marks, engines and wing configurations were explained well, and also how well suited each mark was to the different roles assigned to it. Compared to the spitfire the Hurricane was a bit of an unglamorous unsung hero, which prided a stable gun platform and could absorb a lot of damage, but these statements were repeated again and again and got very repetitive. I also thought it might have been worth a chapter explaining why the Hurricane wasn't developed to over 20 marks like the spitfire, but in effect was developed into the typhoon and tempest
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on 17 May 2018
Just did not realise the massive and significant contribution of
THE HURRICANE of the designers builders support ground crews and Pilots of the squadrons in every theatre of the war
Your Service and sacrifice is second to none O salute you all and will never forget this contribution to allied victory .
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 February 2015
The Supermarine Spitfire was more glamorous, but the Battle of Britain wouldn't have been won without the workhorse that was the Hawker Hurricane. This book pays effective tribute to the plane and the men who flew it. There are plenty of tales to tell, as the aircraft was in service throughout the war, in almost every theatre and in a wide variety of roles. For example, the Hurricane proved an effective tank-buster in the Western Desert, its relatively thick wings allowing 40mm cannons to be fitted and used to great effect.

Recommended for all WWII aviation enthusiasts.
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on 20 May 2018
I loved this book. even I had no idea how good a plane it was, and how widespread it was used.
Its allways Spitfire that grabs the attention, yet the great planes were more then up to the task.
I highly recommened reading this.
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on 25 October 2013
I read a review which criticised this book for its extensive quoting, and this is true, but not having read any of those texts I found it informative. It does read a bit like an A -level essay, but I still found the content interesting. Not really for the Hurricane expert,perhaps, but for a WWII and Battle of Britain fan like myself, it's fine.
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on 18 October 2013
They Flew Hurricanes is an interesting selection of excerpts from a dozen or more books on the subject. If you're unfamiliar with the books quoted from (and I wasn't) it makes for an enjoyable read. What would have made the book rather more helpful would have been a bibliography. Also, the index, although present has not been converted in the ebook edition and is simply a fairly useless list of entries without any links to the pages concerned
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