HAWKER HURRICANE | FIGHTER ACE
NEW ZEALANDER ‘COBBER’ KAIN ACHIEVED ACE STATUS DURING THE BATTLE OF FRANCE IN 1940, FLYING A HAWKER HURRICANE. GRAHAM PITCHFORK EXAMINES HIS COMBAT CAREER AND UNTIMELY DEMISE AT JUST 21 YEARS OF AGE.
Edgar James Kain, known throughout his RAF career as ‘Cobber’ due to his Antipodean roots, was born in June 1918 in Hastings, New Zealand, and educated in Wellington. Keen on military aviation, he joined the Wellington Aero Club in 1936 where he showed aptitude as a pilot. He made his first solo in a Moth after seven hours of dual flying and went on to gain his ‘A’ licence.