RAAF A60 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
|A60 Hawker Huricane Image Gallery 3 Sqn, RAAF Hawker Huricane Image Gallery|
|450 Sqn, RAAF Hawker Huricane Image Gallery 451 Sqn, RAAF Hawker Huricane Image Gallery|
|(See also 3, 450 7 451 Sqn, RAAF Hawker Hurricanes)|
In 1941, the British Government
presented a Hawker Hurricane Mk I fitted with tropical equipment to
The RAAF serial A60-1 was allocated, but while on RAAF Charge, the aircraft retained its RAF number, V7476.
After it was erected at No 1 Aircraft Depot in August 1941 it joined Central Flying School (CFS) on 6 September 1941, where it was used for familiarisation flights and war-loan demonstrations.
In mid-1942, the Hurricane was transferred to No 2 Communication Flight and, while at Laverton, it was used for testing an anti-"G" suit designed by Professor Cotton, of Melbourne University.
Between 1943 and 1946, the Hurricane operated mainly with No 1 Communication Unit and Central Flying School, except for a month with No 2 Operational Training Unit.
In 1946, the Hurricane, now in an overall silver finish, was transferred to Point Cook, where it remained in a disposal park until sold on 27 January 1951.
Interestingly, the RAAF were
flirting with the idea of ordering some 50 Hurricanes in July-August
1942 to equip an Interceptor Squadron and
with enough for a OTU flight from Canadian production lines but with
the supply of P-39D/Fs during July 42 and the promise of more
P-40s(Ks) in September/October 1942 the offer/request was turned
RAAF's 3, 450, and 451 Squadrons
operated RAF serialled Hurricanes
overseas in the North African desert in
1941 and 1942.
The Author of this page is Darren Crick updated by Brendan Cowan
Source: National Archives, Chris Jamesson, Terence Geary, Bob Livingston, Gordon Birkett, RAAF Status Card, British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979 (Bruce Robertson),
Emails: Gordon Birkett, Jason Stagg, Greg Ryan, Martin Edwards, Tristan Masterson.
Updated 30 June 2015
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