Knights of the Skies: Armour Protection for British Fighting Aeroplanes

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In June 1940 Billy Drake was shot down in his Hurricane over France when a German cannon shell exploded behind his head. He survived thanks to a sheet of armor. Had he been shot down a few weeks earlier, when armor was considered 'unnecessary', he would have been killed. Much earlier, at the start of World War I, armor had also been considered 'unnecessary' as its weight reduced the performance of the already underpowered aircraft. Nevertheless some pilots and squadrons made their own protection. By 1918 the view of the Air ...

Knights of the Skies: Armour Protection for British Fighting Aeroplanes 2007, Crecy Publishing, Walton on Thames

ISBN-13: 9781871187502

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