|The Hawker Fury was one of the great and famous
fighters from the period between the two world wars. It saw service in six RAF squadrons
between 1931 and January 1939. It also equipped three SAAF squadrons in East Africa.
Spanish Furies were employed by both the Republican and Nationalist Air Forces during the
Spanish Civil War (in which at least one Portuguese machine also were destroyed). Yugoslav
Furies saw combat against Axis forces during the German invasion in April 1941. The last
use of the Fury was Persian Furies who were employed on border patrol duties in 1942. The
Hawker Fury saw service in Great Britain, Persia (22), Portugal (3), South Africa (30+),
Spain (3), Yugoslavia (30+). Total production: 262
At the time of the
German invasion of Yugoslavia, Captain (Captain) Konstantin Jermakov was in
||command of 112 Eskadrila(approx. Flight) of the 36 Grupa (approx.
Squadron) in the 5th (Fighter) Puk (approx. Wing). The Eskadrila were equipped with Hawker
Furies and based at Rezanovacka Kosa airfield. In the morning of 9 April 1941 German
aircraft attacked their airfield, but the Yugoslav aircraft of 36 Group had been prepared
and managed to take off. However this didnít help and they lost eleven Furies (of a
total of fifteen). Seven of the Yugoslavian pilots were killed and one was wounded, among
the dead were both Eskadrila commanders, Captain Vojislav Popovic (111 Eskadrila) and
Konstantin Jermakov (112 Eskadrila). Jermakov was seen to ram the wing of a Bf110 -
presumably deliberately - after his ammunition was exhausted. The Bf110 was probably from
II/ZG26 who lost two Bf110s, Feldwebel Helmut Recker and Unteroffizier Adolph Sondermann
and their gunners all being lost.