Dark Knight


Former OC BBMF Clive Rowley reveals the story behind the new all-black night-fighter-intruder identity for the Flight’s famous Hurricane Mk IIC

BBMF Hurricane IIC PZ865 looks menacing, purposeful and beautiful in its allblack night fighter intruder livery.

Hurricane Mk IIC PZ865 returned to its home with the RAF BBMF at Coningsby on May 5, after undergoing a ‘Major’ maintenance programme conducted by The Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd. The famous Hurricane, The Last of the Many – the last of the type ever built – is now painted to represent a cannon-armed Hurricane Mk IIC of 247 Squadron, which was based at Predannack, Cornwall, and Exeter in Devon during 1942. PZ865 now commemorates all those Hurricane pilots of the night-fighter squadrons who risked their lives in the dark hours, bravely trying to defend against night bombing raids, then taking the fight to the enemy on night-intruder operations.

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