TANK-BUSTERS

IN THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN CANNON-ARMED HURRICANES TOOK A HEAVY TOLL OF ROMMEL’S PANZERS, AS ANDREW THOMAS DESCRIBES

WORLD WAR 2 HURRI-BOMBERS

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Hurricane IIds HV663 and HW313 taking off from Gabès on April 6, 1943. 6 SQUADRON RECORDS

Having given up its Lysanders, Egyptian-based 6 Squadron was left with just a single Hurricane I in the spring of 1942. Having assumed command, Sqn Ldr Roger Porteous wondered just how much worse it could get.

Further indignity followed for what was one of the RAF’s most senior units. Based at Landing Ground (LG) 224 in the Western Desert with detachments at other rudimentary airstrips, the squadron was used as a servicing and overhaul outfit, with its pilots carrying out test and ferry flights. Thankfully, the prospects for 6 were about to change.

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