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.
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.