Mohawk .IV - Hawk-75A-4

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    plan_D Active Member

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    Has anyone got any information on the Mohawk .IV served with the RAF?

    Information and pictures of RAF Mohawk IVs only, please. No I - IIIs! Ideally those over the CBI.

    Thank you in advance.
     
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    Mohawk IV were used by squadrons no. 5 and 155 (only a brief time by 146 in 1942 and converted to Buffalo and Hurricane)
    No 5 converted to Hurricane II in june 1943 and later to Thunderbolt.
    No 155 to Spitfire VIII in jan. 1944
    All of them operated in CBI in various roles: patrols, air defense, bomber escort, ground attack, recce.

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    What about the Specs. because I'm getting mixed reports of either 4 or 6 .303.
     
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    It's OK, I've found all the info I need. It had 6 .303's , two in the nose, four in the wings. Here are some pics.
     

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    What an excellent aircraft, better high and low speed characteristics than the Spitfire Mk.I. Better take-off and climb characteristics.

    I think speed is quite vital though and if it's slow at picking up speed from a dive as well, it won't be very good from above. It'd be more capable of evading destruction, rather than destroying. Unless of course someone gets into a turn fight with it. Perfect for fighting IJAAF Oskars and IJN Zeros!
     
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    Isn't it just, they arsed it up big time when they developed it into the P-40.
    Such a waste of a potentially good aircraft.
     
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    It just need a more powerful engine and I think the Mohawk had the potential to be one of the best aircraft of war! I always thought it was dog until I read that.

    The speed would be a problem. That's why they took it away from Europe. You've got Bf-109s diving down on you at high speed, it's going to be hard for the Mohawk to hit anything. Putting in the CBI was a good decision...A6Ms weren't very fast and liked to turn...

    Still, the Hawks the FAF had didn't stand a chance when I come zooming in with my La-5! (On Il-2)
     
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    Did you also know that the Hawk-75 was the first US built aircraft to get a kill in both the European Pacific theatres of war? You don't get that kind of info from most "historians", this aircraft was mostly ignored.
     
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    True, very little is said about it.
     
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