Hawker Hurricane Mk I, F/O Manfred Czernin DSO, MC, DFC, No 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 25 August 1940

The son of an Austrian count and diplomat and British baron's daughter, Count Manfred Beckett Czernin joined the Royal Air Force in 1935. After participating in the Battle of France, he became an ace during the Battle of Britain. Flying a Hurricane on 25 August 1940, he engaged a group of Messerschmitt Bf 110 head on and shot down three of them in less than a minute.

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Manfred Czernin DSO, MC, DFC
Hawker Hurricane Mk I V7408
flown 13-victory ace by F/O (Count) Manfred Beckett Czernin
No 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force
25 August 1940, Battle of Britain

“F/O (Count) M. B. Czernin. This officer has displayed great keanness in his desire to engage the enemy and has destroyed nine of their aircraft. In August 1940 he led his section in a head on attack on large formations of enemy aircraft, destroying three of them.” - Distinguished Flying Cross citation

- The London Gazette, 1 October 1940

Artist: Gaëtan Marie

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