|Engine||Rolls-Royce Merlin XX|
|Power||1,280hp at take-off|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||147.8|
|Power load (kg/hp)||2.76|
|Speed at 0m||?km/h|
|Speed at 5,486m||529km/h|
|Guns||4*g 20mm British Hispano Mk.I|
|Bombs||2*113 or 227kg|
The Battle of Britain in summer of 1940 had clearly demonstrated that small-caliber machine-guns lacked penetrating power and were no longer a really effective armament for a fighter, even when installed in high numbers. This had been already foreseen however and first attempts to arm the Hurricane with 20mm cannon took place in 1939. At first a number of problems occurred, especially with the ammunition feed mechanism. But by 1941 these problems had been finally solved and the Hurricane Mk.IIC with four wing-mounted 20mm British Hispano Mk.I cannon (licence-built version of the French Hispano-Suiza cannon) was introduced into service. For its time this was an exceptionally heavy armament for a single-engined fighter. Except the armament the Hurricane IIC was similar to its predecessors Mk.IIA and Mk.IIB. With a total of 4,711 machines the Mk.IIC was numerically the most important of all Hurricane variants and served on every theater of war.
Many Hurricane IICs also found their way to the Soviet Union (the first few examples already came with No. 151 Wing), where their high firepower was very welcome and often used against tanks and other ground targets.
|Simple but appealing 27k color drawing of a Hurricane Mk.IIC in Russian markings from an old German paperback ("Flugzeuge des 2. Weltkrieges"), also used for the background of this page.|
|Created for RAM November 12, 1999
by Thomas Heinz