Hurricane Mk. II
Soviet Hawker Hurricanes: Nearly 3,000 Hawker Hurricanes supplied to Soviet Union 1941-1944 from British and Canadian production, including 210 Mk IIA (some Mk I conversions), 1,557 Mk IIB, 1,009 Mk IIC, 60 Mk IID and about 100 Mk IV. In Russia, some Hawker Hurricanes adapted to have 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns of US origin, and a few modified to two-seaters for training.
Within five weeks of 1941 to the Soviet pilots the pilots of Royal air forces (RAF), arrived in USSR. The 151th wing were specially formed at the request of government USSR for the help at a defense of Murmansk.
For five weeks the Soviet pilots successfully have mastered "Hurricanes", and the 151th wing have returned home. During fights the British pilots have brought down not less than 16 planes of the opponent, having lost only one (sergeant - pilot Djon Smith).
Further on "Hurricanes" the Soviet pilots battled on Northern fleet, Hero of the Soviet Union Boris Safonov protected sea escorts in area of the Kola peninsula - Murmansk.
|Wing span, m
|1 × PE Rolls-Royce Merlin XX, hp
|Maximum speed, km/h
|Rate of climb, m/min
|Service ceiling, m
|4 × 20-mm Hispano or Oerlikon cannon or 4 × 12.7-mm machine guns