The Hawker Hurricane was the first British single-engine fighter and the first single wing aircraft
with retractable landing gear as well as an enclosed cockpit and 8 machine guns. The Hurricane
went into operational service in December 1937 with the RAF 111 Squadron. The Hurricane is
usually over looked as a major player in the BoB because of the Spitfire but 80% of the 1,792
German aircraft shot down were because of the Hurricane. There were 14,533 Hurricanes
produced in all variants.
Although Douglas Bader had lost both legs and wore artificial limbs he became an outstanding
RAF pilot. In February 1940 Bader joined the No. 19 Squadron and later transferred to No. 222
Squadron as Flight Commander and scored his first victory on June 1, 1940. In July 1940 he was
given command of the No. 242 Canadian Squadron. In September he became a Flight Lieutenant
with the DSO and by the end of the Battle of Britain Bader had scored 12 victories and ended
WWII with a total of 23 victories.