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Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)

Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40) Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
includes two resin and metal Hurricane aircraft, two plastic flight stands, one decal sheet and one Unit card.

Based on the Royal Air Force's most numerous single-seat fighter, the Hawker IID tank buster is nicknamed the ‘Flying Can Opener’. A Vickers S gun beneath each wing fires 40mm armour-piercing ammunition. Each is mounted under a machine-gun firing tracer rounds to aid with sighting, making them accurate and deadly.

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Desert Rats
The Desert Rats are the only thing standing in the way of Axis conquest of North Africa. Despite suffering repeated defeats at the hands of Rommel’s Afrika Korps, they remain undaunted. Their speedy Crusader and Honey tanks can run circles around their opposition, backed up by the heavier Grant squadrons. Their motorised infantry are equally adept in attack or defence. With support from the Royal Artillery and the Desert Air Force, they are a formidable and versatile force. 

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They served in North Africa from mid-1942 where they achieved considerable success; claims included 148 tanks hit, of which 47 were destroyed, plus nearly 200 other vehicles.
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)

Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)

Hurricanes were used in ground support, where it was quickly learned that destroying German tanks was difficult; the cannons did not have the performance needed, while bombing the tanks was almost impossible.

Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40) Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
The solution was to equip the aircraft with a 40 mm cannon in a pod under each wing, reducing the other armament to a single Browning in each wing loaded with tracers for aiming purposes.
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
The Hurricanes No. 6 Squadron, the first squadron equipped with this armament, were so effective that the squadron was nicknamed the "Flying Can Openers". A winged can-opener became an unofficial squadron emblem, and is painted on present-day aircraft of 6 Squadron.
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40) Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
The layout was originally tested on a converted Mk IIB and flew on 18 September 1941. A new-build version of what was known as the Mk IID started in 1942, including additional armour for the pilot, radiator and engine. The aircraft were initially supplied with a Rolls-Royce gun and carried 12 rounds, but soon changed to the 40 mm (1.57 in) Vickers S gun with 15 rounds.
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40) Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
The IID undertook an anti-tank role in limited numbers during the North African campaign where, provided enemy flak and fighters were absent, they proved accurate and highly effective, not only against armoured vehicles but all motor transport.
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40) Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
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Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight Unit Card (x1) Decal Sheet
Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40) Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight (BBX40)
Flight Stands (x2) Tall Flight Stand Add-ons (x2) 
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Boot Camp Battle Report
Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats
To conclude the lessons laid out in the 4th Edition Boot Camp, Phil and James put the theory into practice by playing a 62-point game using the Free For All mission.

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats...

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats


Last Updated On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Charlie at Battlefront