With the Battle of Britain behind them, 253 Sqn’s Hurricanes saw action as night fighters before deployments to North Africa and Italy. In the second of two parts, Tom Spencer continues to detail the unit’s time with the Hawker fighter
From Hibaldstow, near Lincoln, 253 Squadron began operating at night in the autumn of 1941 as part of the night defences for the Midlands industrial area. It began training with a novel method to intercept enemy bombers. An airborne searchlight was housed in the glazed nose of Douglas ‘Turbinlite’ Havocs of 1459 Flight, which were paired with a ‘parasite’ ighter. The procedure involved the Havoc detecting and illuminating the bomber for the Hurricane to engage. The squadron also undertook night intruder work over the Continent at this time.