British Fairey Swordfish Mark II Torpedo Bomber
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The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo bomber biplane designed by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
Originating in the 1930s, the Swordfish, nicknamed the "Stringbag", was an outdated design by the start of the war in 1939, but remained in front-line service until VE Day, outliving several types intended to replace it. It was initially operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft; during its later years it was used as an anti-submarine aircraft based on Escort Carriers and MAC ships and also for training purposes.
The Swordfish achieved some spectacular successes, notably sinking one and damaging two battleships of the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy) in the Battle of Taranto in 1941 and the crippling of the German battleship Bismarck. Swordfish were also credited with the sinking of 14 U-boats.
The last of 2,392 Swordfish aircraft was delivered in August 1944. Operational sorties continued in to January 1945 with anti-shipping operations off Norway. The last operational squadron was disbanded on 21 May 1945, after the fall of Germany, and the last training squadron was disbanded in the summer of 1946.
This model complete with photo-etched parts has been built, airbrushed and weathered to an exceptional standard to represent aircraft W5858/A of 837 FAA Squadron aboard the escort carrier HMS Dasher in 1943.
Please note the diorama base shown in the photos is for illustrative purposes only & is not included.
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