I just can’t resist advertising new aviation pieces from Pavel Rampír as soon as they pop up – and fortunately, this is quite often! This one, entitled “Long night over France..”, shows the famous “Night Intruder” Hurricane Mk. IIc BE681 piloted by Czech pilot Karel Kuttelwascher of No. 1 Squadron bringing down a Junkers Ju 88.
Initiated early in 1942, the night intruder missions were flown by single aircraft with the intent of shooting down German bombers in the vicinity of their own airfields. Due to lack of radar in the aircraft, these missions were initially undertaken only during a full moon; they were dangerous, demanding both navigation skill and excellent vision. Kuttelwascher quickly distinguished himself as the most successful night pilot. He shot down his first aircraft on 1 April 1942, a (Ju 88). On the night of 4-5 May 1942, he shot down three Heinkel He 111 bombers in one flight. In three months of No. 1 Squadron’s night intruder actions, Kuttelwascher shot down 15 aircraft and damaged five, from a squadron total of 21 claimed shot down.
Pencil on cardboard. Pavel’s website is available at http://www.aircraft.flying.to/