When Hurricanes took on Japanese in fight for Singapore

By the time Hurricanes arrived in Singapore the Japanese had established a superiority that the RAF was unable to counter. Andrew Thomas told the story in the August 2015 issue of FlyPast

When the Japanese assault in the Far East began on December 8, 1941, British and Commonwealth forces in the area were woefully unprepared and poorly equipped. In Malaya and Burma the main RAF fighter was the portly and lightly-armed Brewster Buffalo.

Major Tateo Kato, commander of the 64th Sentai.
Major Tateo Kato, commander of the 64th Sentai. 64TH SENTAI ASSOC VIA YASUHO IZAWA

As Japanese landings on the Malay Peninsula were taking place, hasty plans were made to move Hurricane units to protect Singapore, and 232 and 258 Squadrons – part of 267 Wing – departed from West Africa to eventually fly their aircraft to the British colony from the deck of HMS Indomitable.

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