Based on the previous CR32, which had achieved gratifying results during the Spanish War, the CR42 had an all-metal structure, and was equipped with an A.74 840cv engine. Immediately ordered in 200 copies by the Royal Air Force, the Hawk was widely used in the early stages of the Second World War, and also enjoyed good commercial success, being exported to Sweden, Belgium, and Hungary. The lack of valid monoplanes meant that the service period of the CR42 continued, in the ranks of the Royal Air Force, up to the Armistice. After September 8, 1943, production continued for the Luftwaffe, which also made extensive use of it as a night fighter
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