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No.164 Sqn RAF - Squadron Details - Aviation Directory

No.164 Sqn RAF


Name : No.164 Sqn RAF
Founded : 6th April 1942
Disbanded : 31st August 1946
Country : UK
Fate : Disbanded 31st August 1946
More Details : Argentine British

Firmes Volamos - Firmly we fly
Known Code Letters : , FJ, UB,

Known Service Details :

Pilot or Aircrew

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

Percival H Beake

unknown

unknown

Pilots and Aircrew for : No.164 Sqn RAF
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NameInfo
Beake, Percival H
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   Died : 25 / 6 / 2016
Beake, Percival H

Joining the RAFVR in April 1939, Percival Beake was mobilised at the outbreak of war. Posted to 64 Squadron on Spitfires in the summer of 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain, he flew with them until June 1941 when he was posted first to 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill, and then 601 Squadron at Duxford. On February 2nd 1941 Percy made a forced landing in a field at Sheperdswell in Kent. He tried to make a wheels-down landing to save his aircraft but ended up head down in the mud. Percy’s aircraft was a write-off and he suffered concussion for which he was treated in the RAF Officers Hospital in Torquay. He did not get back to the Squadron until March 27th. On May 16th the Squadron was posted to Turnhouse near Edinburgh. On June 26th Percy complained to the CO about the lack of combat opportunity there and the following day he was posted to 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill. On July 8, having taken part in a mission over France, he was shot down by an Me 109 just after leaving the French coast but he managed to bale out over the sea and was picked up 18 miles east of Dover by an RAF Rescue Launch. Towards the end of October the Squadron moved to Digby in Lincolnshire and by the end of the year Percy had completed 100 operation sorties and was declared ‘tour expired’. In January 1942 Percy was posted to 601 Squadron which at the time was equipped with Aircobras. These aircraft had serious maintenance problems and were never made operational. However, the Squadron was re-equipped with Spitfires in March and was posted to Malta. The CO said “Beaky you are tour expired” so I can’t take you to Malta – you will have to go to instructing at an OUT. So it was he arrived at 58 OUT in Grangemouth on April 1st 1942. After a spell instructing he returned for his second tour in December 1942, joining 193 Squadron as a Flight Commander. In May 1944 he took command of 164 Squadron at Thorney Island flying Typhoons, moving to France shortly after the Normandy Invasion. With two victories to his credit he was awarded the DFC in September 1944.

"Starting with 6th August 1944 my log book records that a successful attack was carried out on an enemy strong point in a quarry and that on the following morning I flew home on a very rare 48 hour leave. For a few days after my return we had only one specific target - an enemy dump which we effectively bombarded with rockets on 11th August - so we were deployed on armed reconnaissances. After landing from one of these on 13th August my Wing Commander, Walter Dring, called me to his caravan and said - Beaky, you have just done your last op. You are not to fly again and that is an order, until returning to the UK. I am arranging for your relief as soon as possible. - I was absolutely stunned and my lasting memory of that period is not of carnage but of acute embarrassment at having been grounded. I just hated sending the squadron up without myself leading and remember making frequent calls to the met office hoping to get forecasts of filthy weather that would make operational flying impossible. In the event, my relief, Squadron Leader Ian Waddy, was shot down by flak within two or three days of taking over command, so maybe Wally Dring had some sort of premonition that prompted my grounding."
Farnes, Paul
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Farnes, Paul

Paul Farnes was born in Boscombe, Hampshire, July 16, 1918. He joined the RAFVR in April 1938 and is mobilized in July 1939 before being posted to 501 Squadron, 14 September 1939. He accompanied the Squadron when it was sent to France in May 1940, winning his first victories in the campaign of France and during the Battle of Britain. In October, he was awarded the DFM after eight victories and was promoted to officer the following month. In February 1941 he was transferred to 57 OTU as an instructor and then to 73 OTU in November, in Aden. In late February 1942, he was posted to 229 Squadron in North Africa as Flight Commander. On March 27, 1942, he flew to Malta with the rest of the Squadron aboard the Hurricane IIc BN122. After a period of intense and difficult battles in which defenders of the island will lose many fighters, during which he took command of the Squadron, he returned to Egypt with the survivors of his unit May 27, 1942. He then transferred to Iraq where he joined the Headquarters and remained there until March 1945. He then returned to Great Britain and three weeks after upgrading to the UTO 53, he took command of 124 Squadron, a position he held until the end of the war. He joined the Tangmere before making command of 611 Squadron equipped Mustang IV July 7, 1945. In August, the Squadron was disbanded and it supports the 164 Squadron with Spitfire IX. 63 Squadron was designated in August 1946. In January 1947, he became an officer of Liaison with training centres with the Air Ministry until October 1948. He then became an instructor in various centres. He continued his career in the RAF until 1958 and left active service with the rank of Wing Commander. He returned to his civilian career in the industry.



Pilots or Aircrew :
P S Gilmore
Stanislaw Brzeski
Historical Notes :
19-10-1941 - Joined No.317 Sqn.
20-12-1942 - Joined No.164 Sqn.
21-02-1943 - Joined No.341 Sqn.
23-03-1943 - Joined No.340 Sqn.
20-06-1943 - Crashed in forced landing near East Fortune.
xx-06-1944 - Joined No.808 Sqn FAA.
14-12-1944 - Damaged beyond repair in crash. Squadron Leader P S Gilmore ok.
25-04-1942 - Flown (with code JH-V) by Polish Ace Stanislaw Brzeski as he claimed an Fw190, taking his total to 5 victories and making him an Ace.
Pilots or Aircrew :
William Henry Painter
Historical Notes :
15-03-1942 - Joined No.54 Sqn.
31-05-1942 - Joined No.167 Sqn.
13-06-1942 - Damaged in flying accident.
21-10-1942 - Joined No.164 Sqn.
21-02-1943 - Joined No.341 Sqn.
23-03-1943 - Joined No.340 Sqn.
30-08-1943 - Damaged in flying accident
31-05-1944 - Joined No.234 Sqn.
17-06-1944 - Collided with Spitfire EN861 during a night patrol. Flying Officer William Henry Painter killed. Other aircraft survived with damage.
Squadrons :
No.164 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R C Deleuze
Historical Notes :
13-06-1942 - Joined No.154 Sqn
25-07-1942 - Damaged in flying accident.
15-10-1942 - Joined No.232 Sqn.
11-11-1942 - Joined No.164 Sqn.
05-12-1942 - Damaged in flying accident
03-02-1943 - Joined No.341 Sqn.
23-03-1943 - Joined No.340 Sqn.
24-05-1943 - Damaged again in flying accident.
xx-05-1944 - Joined No.501 Sqn with code SD-Q.
23-05-1944 - Damaged after being hit by flak near Bayeux. Flying Officer R C Deleuze returned safely.
13-08-1944 - Damaged on operations.
18-06-1945 - Struck off.
Historical Notes :
01-07-1942 - Went to No.421 Sqn
01-07-1942 - Went to No.91 Sqn
05-09-1942 - Went to No.164 Sqn
10-09-1942 - Went to No.612 Sqn
29-11-1942 - Went to No.129 Sqn
25-01-1943 - Went to No.234 Sqn
17-08-1943 - Went to No.310 Sqn
24-09-1943 - Went to No.504 Sqn
Historical Notes :
05-09-1940 - Shot down and force landed at Standford le Hope. Sergeant Carr Lewty ok.
Pilots or Aircrew :
D. E. Lloyd
Historical Notes :
05-09-1940 - Crashed at Hartington. Sergeant Lloyd ok.
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. White
Historical Notes :
07-09-1940 - Shot down by Me110. Sergeant White ok.
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Known Individual Aircraft of No.164 Sqn RAF :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Spitfire Vb

AA758

JH-V

09/10/1941

details

details

details

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB133

GW-M

11/11/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

AB275

12/12/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

High Post

Spitfire VI

AB527

12/02/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 47

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

AD191

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

AR454

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Westland

Spitfire Vb

BL295

SK-D

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL368

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL540

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL655

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL720

-

details

details

details

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL759

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL887

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL904

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BL920

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM133

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM320

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM457

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM474

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM534

16/04/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM540

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

BM593

SD-Q

-

details

details

details

Merlin 45M

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire VI

BR297

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 47

Eastleigh

Spitfire VI

BR298

25/04/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 47

Eastleigh

Spitfire VI

BR304

28/04/1942

details

no information

details

Merlin 47

Eastleigh

Spitfire VI

BR577

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 47

Eastleigh

Spitfire VI

BR979

25/06/1942

details

no information

no information

Merlin 47

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

EN904

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

EP244

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

EP249

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

EP492

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 46

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Ia

K9825

AH-Z

09/12/1938

details

no information

no information

Merlin II

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1013

12/06/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

L1031

AH-S

23/06/1939

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

N3098

17/10/1939

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire IIa

P7308

ZR-D

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7498

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7505

NK-T

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7692

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P7906

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8167

OU-N

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire IIa

P8706

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin XII

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Vb

P8748

GW-O

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire Ia

P9540

30/04/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

P9563

SH-R
AH-O

02/05/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Va

R6722

S6H

10/05/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6801

UM-B

03/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R6957

14/07/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R7022

AH-F

24/07/1940

details

details

details

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R7060

01/02/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

R7127

14/02/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Va

R7220

18/03/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Va

R7231

AH-Y

27/03/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Va

R7267

28/03/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Va

R7302

19/04/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Va

R7335

AH-J
G3K

11/04/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire HFIX

RR228

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVI

SM362

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SM391

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SM394

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SM417

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SM418

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SM427

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Birmingham

Spitfire LFXVI

SM471

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SM475

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Birmingham

Spitfire LFXVI

SM479

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Birmingham

Spitfire LFXVI

SM480

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

SM507

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire HFIX

SM518

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Spitfire LFXVI

SM665

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB391

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire HFIX

TB540

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB542

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB544

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB548

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB565

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB567

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB576

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB586

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB587

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVI

TB592

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB620

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB625

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TB744

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Cosford

Spitfire LFXVI

TB753

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire HFIX

TB920

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB924

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB925

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB986

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TB987

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVIe

TD134

YT-W

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVIe

TD187

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVIe

TD244

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVIe

TD264

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire HFIX

TD358

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire HFIX

TD363

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 70

Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory

Spitfire LFXVI

TE202

UB-B

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE243

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE277

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE286

YT-Y

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE354

UB-D

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE379

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE398

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE402

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE407

UB-E

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE446

YT-B

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire LFXVI

TE453

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 266

Spitfire Va

W3114

14/05/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Vb

W3118

17/05/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Chattis Hill

Spitfire Va

W3138

30/04/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3426

AZ-W

22/06/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45

Eastleigh

Spitfire Vb

W3569

GW-H

-

details

no information

no information

Merlin 45M

High Post

Spitfire Ia

X4173

11/08/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4238

AH-L

17/08/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4421

12/09/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4615

12/10/1940

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Spitfire Ia

X4941

AH-E

19/02/1941

details

no information

no information

Merlin III

Eastleigh

Aircraft for : No.164 Sqn RAF
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Auster

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Auster

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Hurricane



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1936
Number Built : 14533

Hurricane

Royal Air Force Fighter, the Hawker Hurricane had a top speed of 320mph, at 18,200 feet and 340mph at 17,500, ceiling of 34,200 and a range of 935 miles. The Hurricane was armed with eight fixed wing mounted .303 browning machine guns in the Mark I and twelve .303 browning's in the MKIIB in the Hurricane MKIIC it had four 20mm cannon. All time classic fighter the Hurricane was designed in 1933-1934, the first prototype flew in June 1936 and a contract for 600 for the Royal Air Force was placed. The first production model flew ion the 12th October 1937 and 111 squadron of the Royal Air Force received the first Hurricanes in January 1938. By the outbreak of World war two the Royal Air Force had 18 operational squadrons of Hurricanes. During the Battle of Britain a total of 1715 Hurricanes took part, (which was more than the rest of the aircraft of the Royal air force put together) and almost 75% of the Victories during the Battle of Britain went to hurricane pilots. The Hawker Hurricane was used in all theatres during World war two, and in many roles. in total 14,533 Hurricanes were built.

Meteor

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Manufacturer : Gloster
Production Began : 1944
Number Built : 3947

Meteor

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, and built by the Gloster Aircraft Company, Armstrong-Whitworth, the Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Gloster Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft but the Gloster design team succeeded in producing an effective jet fighter that served the RAF and other air forces for decades. Meteors saw action with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the Korean War and other air forces used the Meteor. The Royal Danish Air Force, The Belgian Air Force and Isreali Air Force kept the Meteor in service until the early 1970's. A Total of 3947 meteors were built and two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, remain in service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds.

Spitfire



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Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351

Spitfire

Royal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.

Typhoon



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1941
Number Built : 3330

Typhoon

Single engine fighter with a maximum speed of 412 mph at 19,000 feet and a ceiling of 35,200 feet. range 510 miles. The Typhoon was armed with twelve browning .303inch machine guns in the wings (MK1A) Four 20mm Hispano cannon in wings (MK!B) Two 1000ilb bombs or eight 3-inch rockets under wings. The first proto type flew in February 1940, but due to production problems the first production model flew in May 1941. with The Royal Air Force receiving their first aircraft in September 1941. Due to accidents due to engine problems (Sabre engine) The Hawker Typhoon started front line service in December 1941.The Hawker Typhoon started life in the role of interceptor around the cost of England but soon found its real role as a ground attack aircraft. especially with its 20mm cannon and rockets. This role was proved during the Normandy landings and the period after. The total number of Hawker typhoons built was 3,330.



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