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 It was the Hurricane that won the Battle of Britain, shooting down more of the enemy than the Spitfire.

 

Well you would expect that to be the case,

 

There was nearly a two to one ratio in favour of the Hurricane at the start of the Battle of Britain.

 

 

THE HURRICANE 

Introduced: 1937

No of planes at start of Battle of Britain: 2,309

Planes lost during Battle of Britain: 565

 

THE SPITFIRE

 

Introduced: 1938

No of planes at start of Battle of Britain: 1,400

Planes lost during Battle of Britain: 352

Caught between a rock and a hard place in a catch 22 situation, So its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Your damned if you do, but your damned if you don't so shut your cock!!!!!!!!!!!

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Well you would expect that to be the case,

 

There was nearly a two to one ratio in favour of the Hurricane at the start of the Battle of Britain.

 

 

THE HURRICANE 

Introduced: 1937

No of planes at start of Battle of Britain: 2,309

Planes lost during Battle of Britain: 565

 

THE SPITFIRE

 

Introduced: 1938

No of planes at start of Battle of Britain: 1,400

Planes lost during Battle of Britain: 352

Absolutely so....obvious, isn't it? But you ask people what aeroplane won the Battle of Britain, and most of them will say "The Spitfire!"

The Fairey Battle was never a fighter...it was a single engined light bomber which got pretty much annihilated by German fighters during the battle of France. One formation of 5 Battles were sent to destroy a bridge over the Albert Canal...all 5 were shot down and the formation leader, F/O Garland and his navigator Sgt. Gray were posthumously awarded the VC. As was typical of the period, the Air Gunner who was also lost got nothing....

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That is amazing,

 

My local museum would love an article like that, try your local one

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Another update from the Spitfire team...

 

http://worldofwarplanes.eu/en/blog/ground-truthing

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Got made redundant a couple of weeks back, so pulled out a model to build.  Refreshes the soul.

 

1/24 Scale Airfix Mosquito.  Almost finished.

 

Great detail and a good size - with a 70cm wingspan.

 

Just looks like the real thing.  :-)

 

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All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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We had a replica Spitfire crash here last month.  Lost speed and dipped a wing on finals, went into a spin and crashed.  All happened in a matter of seconds.

 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/pilot-killed-in-replica-spitfire-plane-crash-at-salisbury-in-adelaides-northern-suburbs/story-e6frea6u-1226599160065

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I'd feel a bit conned if I saw that buzzing away. It'd look real, but is a pint sized replica! I wonder why they didn't bite the bullet and make it full sized?

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Making a full sized replica is a very difficult process. You would need an engine equivalent to the original Merlin...there are a few Merlins around,but they go into originals not replicas. Making it 80% of the original full size means that much smaller and cheaper engines can be used...the "Supermarine" Spitfire kit uses either an Australian aero engine or converted Japanese car engine. They make a 75%, 80% and 90% scale kit, now. More info here...

http://www.supermarineaircraft.com/About.htm

At one time I was seriously considering building one, but in the end it proved to be beyond my financial ability. Desperately bad news about this crash.

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...the "Supermarine" Spitfire kit uses either an Australian aero engine or converted Japanese car engine. They make a 75%, 80% and 90% scale kit, now. More info here...

http://www.supermarineaircraft.com/About.htm

They offer more potent engines up to the alloy GM v8.

The company did well to acquire the Supermarine company name. I heard they found it belonged to nobody so registered it.

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I remember an old neighbor who worked for De Havilland saying it could carry a similar bomb load to a B17, and after flying in a B17 myself that's a massive plane compared to the Mosquito - Outstanding British engineering

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Quite right. A Mosquito could carry the same bomb load to Berlin as the B17..and far more efficiently and at far less risk, too. There was an outfit called the Light Night Striking Force, all Mosquitoes, and they did all sorts of raiding, bombing Berlin and using the Oboe blind bombing system. I remembered that they had a very low casualty rate, so I looked it up...they flew a total of 28,215 sorties, dropping about 26,000 tons of bombs for the loss of 100 aircraft; 0.4% loss rate. Difficult to find corresponding statistics for the American heavies, but the 8th Airforce flew a total of 10631 missions (not sorties, which are individual aircraft) and lost 4145 aeroplanes in the process; the loss rate of aircrew killed was 7.42%. The other major difference is that a Mosquito had two crew members and a B17 carried 10. In the wider view, the daylight penetration raids of the Americans forced the Luftwaffe to use it's fighter force to defend their homeland; the escorting Mustangs of the US raids were able to reduce the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe to the point where the D-Day landings went unopposed from the air. Without this air superiority the landings may well have been a very different story...

Thankfully all this stuff is behind us now, and the European Union has successfully kept the peace in the continent since its inception; long may it continue!! As Churchill said. "Jaw jaw is better than war war..."

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