Hawker Hurricane Mk.I GZ-V from 32 Squadron awaits final sign-off before she and her pilot Rupert F Smythe can get back into the fight. At the height of the summer of 1940, the fate of the free world rested upon the skill and courage of just a few young pilots as the RAF stood alone against the might of the as yet undefeated German Luftwaffe. In the air above southern England Hawker Hurricanes fought vicious dogfights with the fighters and bombers of the enemy. As they wheeled and fought across the sky it was down to a large group of men and women based on the ground to keep these vital aircraft serviceable and armed during these crucial summer months. Refueling was the duty of the then common Albion AM463 refueling truck, which with its three separate hoses was capable of refueling three fighters simultaneously thus speeding up the vital turn around between fighter sorties. The aircraft were rearmed and maintained by armies of fitters and gun crews, feeding thousands of .303 rounds into the gun bays of the waiting fighters.
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I and Albion AM463 refueling truck