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11th August 1937


antarmike

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It was relatively successful early in the Battle of Britain. Its outline closely resembled a Hurricane and Luftwaffee pilots attempted to kill a number from behind only to be met by a hail of unexpected fire from the rearward facing turret. Later they found its vulnerable spots and when it became standard Luftwaffe tactics to attack it from below (or even head on) it became a liability to the RAF not an assett.

 

However, with its two man crew it could be fitted with AI radar, and as a nightfighter it had a succesful, if fairly brief, second life. I am not aware it ever fulfilled a bomber role. It shared its engine with the Hurricane, and its performance was worse (drag from the turrett, extra weight plus extra aircrew). I dont think it had any spare power for an external bombload.

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