Desert Mischief: Hurricanes of 40 Squadron SAAF

Andrew Thomas investigates the cheeky nose badges that appeared on the desert-based World War Two Hurricanes of a South African reconnaissance unit

Converted from a Mk I, Hurricane Mk.IIa BV158/WR-D flew on some of 40 Squadron’s early recce operations.

As anyone who has served in the air force will tell you, tongue in cheek, there are ‘gremlins’ out there that have a particular fondness for aircraft. The work of these mischievous creatures is legendary, with air and groundcrew often holding them responsible for damaging or dismantling machinery in the most unlikely of circumstances.

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