[Daily article] December 15: Hawker Hurricane in Yugoslav service

The Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft was in Yugoslav service from 1938
to 1941 and 1944 to 1951. The Royal Yugoslav Air Force obtained 24 of
the British fighters commencing on 15 December 1938 from early
production batches, the first foreign sale of the aircraft. Twenty
additional fighter aircraft were built by Zmaj under licence in
Yugoslavia. When the country was drawn into World War II by the German-
led Axis invasion of April 1941, the aircraft achieved some successes
against the Luftwaffe, but all the Yugoslav Hurricanes were destroyed or
captured during the 11-day invasion. In mid-1944, the Yugoslav Partisans
formed two Royal Air Force squadrons, Nos. 351 and 352, which both
operated Hurricane fighter-bombers. No. 351 Squadron flew Hurricane Mk
IICs during training and was later equipped with Hurricane Mk IVs, and
No. 352 briefly flew Hurricane Mk IICs during training before re-
equipping with Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vs. Both squadrons operated as
part of No. 281 Wing RAF of the Balkan Air Force, conducting ground
attack missions in support of the Partisans. Hurricanes remained in
service with the post-war Yugoslav Air Force until the early 1950s.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Sergius was elected pope, ending the last disputed sede vacante
of the Byzantine Papacy.


Troops under Stephen III of Moldavia defeated the forces of
Matthias Corvinus of Hungary in present-day Baia, Romania.


The Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (poster
pictured), a 14.17-kilometre (8.80 mi) long deep-level underground tube
railway connecting Hammersmith and Finsbury Park, London, opened.


World War II: The Americans engaged Imperial Japanese forces at
the Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse in
the hills near the Matanikau River area on Guadalcanal during the
Guadalcanal Campaign.


Former Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after
being found guilty on fifteen criminal charges, including war crimes and
crimes against humanity.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(geology) A greenish sandstone containing glauconite.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The belonging you seek is not behind you, it is ahead. I am no
Jedi, but I know the Force. It moves through and surrounds every living
thing. Close your eyes … feel it. The light … it’s always been
there, it will guide you.  
–Star Wars : The Force Awakens

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