Hurricane MkIIb used in North Africa?

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  1. plheure2

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    Greetings, gents:

    Would anyone have any information as to whether the Hurricane Mk IIb, the bombed-up twelve-gun aircraft version, was used by the RAF and/or Commonwealth nations in the North African campaign in WW II? All I can come up with is that it was used in 1941 to harrass Luftwaffe installations on the northern European continent. Much thanks in advance.


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    Yes, it was. As far as I know without checking, it was used as the first 'Hurribomber' in the Desert Air Force, before the advent of the MkIIc.
    Certainly 33 Sqn RAF, as an example, used the MkIIb in early 1942 (Feb to June if I remember correctly).
     
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    Hi

    At least one Hurricane IIB bomber (factory built) was on strength with
    274 squadron date - 6/42
    134 squadron date - 4/43
    335 (Greek) squadron date - 7/43
    87 squadron date - 1/43

    80 squadron was listed as a IIB bomber squadron on 11/41 and took part in operation Crusader.

    After Crusader, it was determined that the Hurricane Mk IIB was no match for the Bf-109F and work was started on converting any IIB's in maintenance to bombers.

    Source: The Hawker Hurricane by Francis Mason

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    Thanks, folks..... just the info I was looking for.
     
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