Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Found in: World War Two Books
Aviation History Books,
World War Two Aviation
Published: 6 August 2012
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Watson Watt was the moving force behind Britainís vital early warning radar network that allowed Allied fighter aircraft to intercept the incoming German bomber raids.
Henry Royce was the driving force throughout the development of the Merlin engine that powered both the Hurricane and Spitfire. He approved the go ahead and design of the Merlin; initially as a private venture.
Although he sadly did not live to see the first engine built, he left a dedicated team, led by Ernest Hives, who produced the best engine of WW II. Sydney Camm persevered with the design of the Hawker Hurricane which was to destroy more Luftwaffe bombers in the Battle of Britain than any other type. It was amazingly resilient and provided an extremely stable gun platform. Not living long enough to see the success of his beautiful Spitfire, RJ Mitchell was the designer of the only British aircraft that could outperform the Nazi Bf 109s fighters and which allowed the attacking Hurricanes a little more safety while doing their job below.
This is the story of those men behind the scenes of the greatest air battle in history.
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