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They Flew Hurricanes (Paperback)

Aviation > Aircraft > Spitfires & Hurricanes Aviation > Reference Aviation > WWII WWII

By Adrian Stewart
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 120
ISBN: 9781526770257
Published: 18th November 2019
Last Released: 14th October 2021



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The Hawker Hurricane, together with the Spitfire, is the most famous aircraft of the Second World War. Many pilots including Douglas Bader thought it was superior to the Spit but together they saved Britain from Nazi invasion and possible defeat.

Adrian Stewart has produced a gloriously atmospheric and nostalgic book capturing the spirit of this great aircraft and the pilots who flew them. It tracks the aircraft as it was developed and improved and follows it to the many theatres of the war where it saw service. Among the lesser known are Burma and the hazardous convoy protection both in the Arctic and Mediterranean, flying from makeshift carriers.

This book will fascinate specialist aviation historians and those who enjoy a rattling good war story, backed by a superb selection of rare photographs.

Excellent. A book all about the Hawker Hurricane and those who flew it. A book, too, which is not error-prone. One of my tests on an occasion like this is to see whether an author can spell the surname of Roland Beamont, the distinguished combat and test pilot. Adrian Stewart crosses that hurdle. Explaining his intentions Stewart states that he will “cut down on detail, take most of the background for granted” and “concentrate on the experiences of those who were involved with the Hurricane at the time.”

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The Battle of Britain Memorial website

A book all about the forgotten hero of the battle of Britain.

This book tells the hurricane side and the men who flew these lovely aircraft.

It is well written and engaging and from a publisher that always delivers with great titles.

Get this book and find out what it was like to fly the true hero of the war.

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Richard Domoney-Saunders

About Adrian Stewart

Adrian Stewart was educated at Rugby School before taking First Class Honours at Caius College, Cambridge. His previously published works with Pen and Sword Books include Eighth Army’s Greatest Victories, Early Battles of Eighth Army, They Flew Hurricanes, The Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis 1940-1945, February 1942 – Britain’s Darkest Days, Carriers at War, Six of Monty’s Men, Ten Squadrons of Hurricanes and The War With Hitler’s Navy have all been published by Pen and Sword Books.

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