Squadron Hacks

According to Wikipedia, a Squadron or Station Hack is defined thus…

A Station hack, in Royal Air Force jargon, is a utility aeroplane assigned to an RAF air station or squadron (that normally flies another type of aircraft in its role), and utilised for run-of-the-mill activities, including delivering to, or collecting from, other airfields personnel, spare parts, equipment, or documents; activities that would not be considered worthy of the tactical, strategic, or larger transport aeroplanes that might be operated from the same air station.


The back stories of these aircraft were many and varied; commanding officers were known to sometimes retain aircraft for their personal use when their squadron received upgraded aircraft; there was at least one captured Ju-87 Stuka in North Africa painted with both RAF and USAAF markings; Canadian pilots re-marked and used a captured Bf109G for joyrides after hostilities in Europe ceased; war weary aircraft were re-purposed for air-sea rescue missions and bombers were repainted in dazzling multi-coloured schemes for duty as assembly aircraft; miscellaneous aircraft were, let’s say, acquired for general duties and running errands, visiting friends and teaching other ranks to fly.

These aircraft were almost always unarmed, struck off charge “hacks” whose useful operational life was complete; their fighting days were over. These sheep in wolf’s clothing make for fascinating modeling subjects as well as providing interesting stories. This page will be a collection of such aircraft that I’ll update from time to time. Not all will have a full back story but all will have had something that caught my eye. I hope you find them equally as interesting.

The Articles

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What to do with a war weary spare Spitfire? Spitfire MkV of the 7th Photo Reconnaissance Group at Mount Farm
Rescue Me; repurposing war weary P-47’s for a unit that went on to rescue 938 downed airmen.

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