Hawker Sea Hurricane photographic information

Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) ship Empire Spray 22 Oct 1941 IWM C4050

Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) ship Empire Spray 22 Oct 1941 IWM C4050

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, 22 October 1941. The MSFU operated within No. 9 Group, Fighter Command.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 4050 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023257

Hurricane RN 806NAS Z4932 based Aboukir was shot down by 4.JG27 Otto Schutz near Martuba 15th Jan 1942 01

Sea Hurricane I aboard a CAM ship 01

Sea Hurricane I aboard a CAM ship 02

Sea Hurricane I aboard a CAM ship 03

Sea Hurricane I aboard a CAM ship 04

Sea Hurricane I aboard a CAM ship 05

Sea Hurricane I aboard a CAM ship 06

Sea Hurricane Ia Merchant Ship Fighting Unit W8 E P3090 01

Sea Hurricane Ia MSFU LUB A Lumsden V6802 MV Daghestan Atlantic Sep 1941 0A

Sea Hurricane Ia MSFU LUB V6802 aboard CAM ship Empire Gale 1942 01

Sea Hurricane Ia MSFU LUL P3620 and LU Y Z4867 being moved by bardge 01

Sea Hurricane Ia MSFU V7070 aboard CAM ship Empire Heath 1942 01

Sea Hurricane Ia MSFU V7070 aboard CAM ship Empire Heath 1942 02

Sea Hurricane Ia MSFU V7070 CAM ship Empire Heath 1942 0A

Sea Hurricane I FAA 806NAS H HP Allingham Z4245 Sidi Barrani Egypt Sep 1941 01

Sea Hurricane IIb FAA 800NAS 7D AF974 HMS Indomitable 1942 01

Sea Hurricane IIb FAA 800NAS 7E AF955 HMS Indomitable 1941 01

Sea Hurricane IIb FAA 800NAS 7E AF955 HMS Indomitable 1941 0A

Sea Hurricane IIb FAA NAS G Z4550 1942 0A

Sea Hurricane III W9220 1941 0A

Sea Hurricane I KEM Z4936 being fired from a training catapult Liverpool IWM CI178

Sea Hurricane I KEM Z4936 being lowered onto a training catapult at Liverpool IWM 01

Sea Hurricane I Merchant Ship Fighting Unit aboard a Catapult Armed Merchant Gibraltar IWM CH6918

Sea Hurricane MkI Merchant Ship Fighting Unit aboard a Catapult Armed Merchant Gibraltar IWM CH6918

A Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit being placed on the steam catapult of a Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) ship at Gibraltar.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 6918 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210240

Sea Hurricane I Merchant Ship Fighting Unit is craned aboard a Catapult Armed Merchant Gibraltar IWM CH6915

Sea Hurricane MkI Merchant Ship Fighting Unit is craned aboard a Catapult Armed Merchant Gibraltar IWM CH6915

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

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 6915 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210239

Sea Hurricane I Merchant Ship Fighting Unit MS Empire Faith summer 1941 01

Sea Hurricane I Merchant Ship Fighting Unit MS Empire Faith summer 1941 02

Sea Hurricane I NJL V6756 on a CAM ship catapult 0A

Sea Hurricane I RAF BJJ P5206 pre launch Mediterranean 1941 01

Sea Hurricane I V6733 aboard CAM ship SS Empire Darwin heading for North Africa 02

Sea Hurricane I V6733 aboard CAM ship SS Empire Darwin IWM NA3437

Hurricane MkI aboard CAM ship SS Empire Darwin IWM NA3437

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.

Imperial War Museum IWM NA 3437 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205208057

Sea Hurricane I V6733 aboard CAM ship SS Empire Darwin IWM NA3437a

Sea Hurricane I W9182 aboard a Catapult Armed Merchantman CAM ship Algeria IWM CNA423

Sea Hurricane MkI W9182 aboard a Catapult Armed Merchantman CAM ship Algeria IWM CNA423

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).

Imperial War Museum IWM CNA 423 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205209197

Sea Hurricane XII Operation Torch JS355 HMS Biter Nov 1942 01

Sea Hurricane XII Operation Torch JS355 HMS Biter Nov 1942 0A

Six Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Sea Hurricane operating from Yeoviton UK Dec 1941 01

Hawker Sea Hurricane MkIa MSFU LUB flown by A Lumsden V6802 MV Daghestan Atlantic Sep 1941

Sea Hurricane 1A V6802/LU-B of Plt Off A C S Lumsden, Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, MV Daghestan, North Atlantic September-October 1941

Profile of a Hawker Sea Hurricane MkI NJL V6756 on a CAM ship catapult

Photograph and Profile Source: Flugzeug Classic 2011-10

Sea Hurricane I NJL V6756 aboard a CAM ship Catapult Armed Merchant Greenock IWM A9420-A9423

A Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk IA on the catapult of a CAM [Catapult Armed Merchant] Ship.

Source: IWM A 9420 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205185742

A Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk IA on the catapult of a CAM [Catapult Armed Merchant] Ship at Greenock.

Source: IWM A 9421 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205185743

The pilot of a Hawker Sea Hurricane receiving final instructions before climbing into his plane on the catapult of a catapult armed merchant (CAM) ship at Greenock.

Source: IWM A 9422 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205185744

The Hawker Sea Hurricane being catapulted from the catapult armed merchant (CAM) ship at Greenock. Note the long flame from the rocket assistors.

Source: IWM A 9423 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205185745

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 KEM 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.

Hurricane RN 806NAS Z4932 based Aboukir was shot down by 4./JG27 Otto Schutz near Martuba

Hurricane I Z4932 of 806 NAS/RN Fighter Squadron, was originally flown by Sub Lt M F Fell, who was assigned shipping protection duties in the westem desert. 806 NAS remained in the Mediterranean (moving to HMS Formidable after Crete) until Formidable was badly bombed in May 1941. 806 then disembarked at Aboukir to fight in the Western Desert as part of Royal Navy Fighter Squadron from August 1941 to February 1942, re-equipping with RAF Hawker Hurricanes for that purpose. On the RNFS's disbandment, 806 changed aircraft again (to 12 Fulmars) and moved to Ceylon, based at Ratmalana and fighting against the Easter Sunday Raid.[1]

Citations: Campaign 220 OPERATION CRUSADER 1941 Rommel in Retreat by KEN FORD Page 38 published by Osprey Publishing ISBN: 978 1 84603 500 5 E-book ISBN: 978 1 84908 277 8

Sea Hurricane MkI KEM Z4936 being fired from a training catapult Liverpool IWM CH15394

Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I, Z4936 'KEM', of the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, is fired from the training catapult at Speke, Liverpool.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 15394 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210725

Sea Hurricane FAA 885NAS passes over the deck of HMS Victorious IWM A10220

A Hawker Sea Hurricane of 885 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm flying over the flight deck of HMS VICTORIOUS prior to landing after flying exercises.

Source: IWM A 10220 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205185793

Sea Hurricane aboard SS Empire Tide a CAM ship at anchor Hvalfjord Iceland IWM A10115

SS EMPIRE TIDE at anchor at Hvalfjord, Iceland. A Hawker Hurricane is on the catapult ready for flying.

Source: IWM A 10115 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205119542

Sea Hurricane RN FAA 825NAS takes off from the flight deck of HMS Vindex IWM A22735

A Hawker Sea Hurricane of 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm takes off from the flight deck of HMS VINDEX during an Atlantic convoy. One of the carrier's escort vessels can be seen ahead.

Source: IWM A 22735 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205186991

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