"Before the Spit pilot knew what had happened, I was high above him, the Thunderbolt hammering around. And that was it -- for in the next few moments the Spitfire flier was amazed to see a less-maneuverable, slower-climbing Thunderbolt rushing straight at him, eight guns pointed ominously at his cockpit."
Major Robert S. Johnson, USAAF
27 victories, WWII
Johnson, Robert S., with Martin Caidin. Thunderbolt! New York: Ballantine Books, 1958; p. 148
Also I seem to recall Bob Johnson describing using a "high yo-yo", a kind of turning barrel roll, to effectively turn inside German fighters known to have a superior rate of turn to his P-47. Don't know if this type of maneuver would work for Hurricane vs Zero, as I believe power-to-weight ratio would be important to the successful outcome, but if all else fails ---
What evidence is there other than Johnson's that this maneuver worked?