British R.A.F. pilots relied on hard-working ground crews. Here the wing-mounted machine guns of a Hurricane Mk 1 (above) are re-armed: great care is taken to avoid jam-inducing kinks in the belted ammunition.
Two Hurricanes from 501 Squadron (below) scramble from Hawkinge, August 16, 1940. Although the Hurricane was slower than the more modern Spitfire, it nevertheless played a distinguished part in the battle.