Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB BG827 RS-W
30 Squadron, P/O Jimmy Whalen RCAF, The Battle of Ceylon, April 5th 1942.
In February 1942, 30 Squadron was dispatched at short notice from the
Western Desert to Ratmalana in Ceylon, to reinforce the air defenses
around the strategic naval base at Colombo. The Squadron was equipped
with the Hurricane Mk IIB armed with twelve 0.303" machine guns.
On the morning of April 5th, 125 Japanese aircraft attacked Colombo.
The 30 Squadron pilots scrambled to meet the enemy. However, with no
early warning most only got airborne while the airfield was under attack.
The Hurricanes entered cloud shortly after take-off and, unable to form
up as a wing, fought a series of courageous individual actions. At the
end of the day, only 7 of the Squadron's 24 Hurricanes remained airworthy.
Five pilots had been killed - Pilot Officers Caswell and Geffene, Flight
Sergeant Ovens, and Sergeants Paxton and Browne. They fought well and
downed a number of Japanese planes. While the Japanese raids had been
successful, they lost about 70 of their most experienced aircrew which
was to prove crucial in the subsequent battles of the Coral Sea and
The Hurricane Mk llB BG827 'RS-W' was one of the aircraft flown by 30
Squadron on 5 April 1942. It was flown by Plt Off Jimmy Whalen, RCAF
who claimed two Type 97 bombers and one Zero shot down in less than
Scale 1:72 Wingspan 6.67" (169 mm)
Base size 6.37" (162 mm) square (No. 4)
Weight not including base 9 ozs (252 grams)
Total number of models produced 37