Hawker Sea Hurricane photographic information

Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI KE-M Z4936 being lowered onto a training catapult at Liverpool 01

Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI aboard a CAM ship 01-02

Profile of a Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI NJ-L V6756 on a CAM ship catapult

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Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI aboard SS Empire Spray North Atlantic 01

Photo: Part of an Allied convoy in the north Atlantic led by Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) ship EMPIRE SPRAY, with a Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit at readiness on the steam catapult over the fo'c'sle. The MSFU operated within No. 9 Group, Fighter Command.

Photo: Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I, Z4936 'KE-M', of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, is fired from the training catapult at Speke, Liverpool.

Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI KE-M Z4936 being lowered onto a training catapult at Liverpool IWM 01

Photo: Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I, Z4936 'KE-M', of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit is lowered onto the training catapult at Speke, Liverpool, for a training launch. At the back of the catapult are some of the firing rockets used to power the launch cradle.

Photo: Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I, Z4936 'KE-M', of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, is fired from the training catapult at Speke, Liverpool.

Royal Air Force Operations In The Middle East And North Africa, 1939-1943.
Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI V6733 aboard SS Empire Darwin heading for North Africa 01-02

Photo: Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I, V6733, of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, on the fo'c'sle catapult on board Catapult Armed Merchantman (CAM ship) SS EMPIRE DARWIN, in a convoy heading for North Africa. Note the flaps pre-selected in the take-off position. The catapult was angled to starboard over the ship's bows to prevent the blast from its rockets hitting the superstructure, and to reduce the risk of the pilot being run over by the ship, should the aircraft ditch after launch. A Hawker Sea Hurricane of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, on the catapult aboard the CAM ship (Catapult Armed Merchantman) SS EMPIRE DARWIN, in a convoy heading for North Africa, 1943.

Photo: The pilot and flight mechanic of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, practice a 'scramble' to Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I, V6733, on the steam-catapult of Catapult Armed Merchantman (CAM ship) SS EMPIRE DARWIN in the Mediterranean, while heading for North Africa in a convoy.

Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI W9182 aboard a Catapult Armed Merchantman Algeria 01

Photo: An airman watches as Algerian dock workers roll barrels of oil along the quayside at Algiers. Behind them is Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I, W9182, of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit mounted on the fo'c'sle catapult of a Catapult Armed Merchantman (CAM ship).

Royal Air Force Operations in Malta, Gibraltar and the Mediterranean, 1940-1945.
Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI Merchant Ship Fighting Unit is craned aboard a Catapult Armed Merchant Gibraltar 01-02

Photo: A Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I of the Merchant Ship Fighting Unit is craned aboard a Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) ship at Gibraltar.

Photo: A Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I of the Merchant Ship Fighting Unit is craned aboard a Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) ship at Gibraltar.

Photo's Source: A Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit fixed on the steam catapult of a Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) ship at Gibraltar.

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Keith major-setback MS COD Sea Hurricane MkIa MSFU LU-B A Lumsden V6802 MV Daghestan North Atlantic Sep-Oct 1941
Keith major-setback MS COD Sea Hurricane MkIa MSFU LU-B A Lumsden V6802 MV Daghestan North Atlantic Sep-Oct 1941 V0A

Sea Hurricane 1A V6802/LU-B of Plt Off A C S Lumsden, Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, MV Daghestan, North Atlantic September-October 1941. All MSFU pilots were volunteers, and Alec Lumsden served in SS Daghestan in the Atlantic under Capt Bobbin.

CAM Hurricanes (Hurricats):

Due to the Royal navy's desperate shortage of carriers to perform vital convoy escort duties in the Atlantic, the concept of the catapult fighter had been born in an effort to counter the long rangeFW 200 Condor threat. a hurricane would be carriedon a heavy catapult mountedon the bow of a merchant ship and fired off by rockets when the presence of an intruder was detected. After the interception, the theory was that the pilot would either attempt to reach land or bale out into the sea near an escort ship. Such vessels were designated Catapult Armed Merchantmen, or CAM ships....

.... The Merchant ship Fighter Unit (MSFU), was formed at Speke on 5 May to man the CAM ship detachments, each vessel having an RAF pilot and ground crew with a Royal Navy direction officer.

From Osprey - Aircraft of the Aces (number 57), Hurricane Aces 1941-45 by Andrew Thomas.

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