Crowood Aviation Series, Crowood Press, Marlborough, 1st ed., 1998. 192 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE +. The Hawker Hurricane was one of the most important aeroplanes of World War II. Although sometimes overshadowed by the Spitfire, it was a first-class fighter which went on to become a highly effective ground-attack aeroplane, carrying larger weapons than designers had anticipated. The full story of this remarkable aeroplane is told from its beginnings in the days before the war, through the Battle of Britain, over Europe and in the skies of Russia, the desert and the Far East, and its use as a naval fighter. With many rare photographs.