Wing Commander C P "Paddy" Green, Commanding Officer of No. 600 Squadron RAF, watches from the cockpit of his Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIF at Cassibile, Sicily, as his radar operator, Flying Officer R J Gillies touches up the swastikas on the aircraft's nose, indicating the eight victories they had claimed while flying together as a night fighter crew. Seven of these victories were achieved during three consecutive nights in July over Sicily, four of them in a single sortie.
1939-46 Bristol 'Type 156' Beaufighter. RAF, RCAF, RAAF - Heavy fighter / strike aircraft. Engine: 2 x Hercules, 14 cyl, radial engine (1600 hp / 1200kW). Armament: 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk II cannon in nose, 1 x .303 Browning for observer. External Loads: 2 x 250 lb bombs or 1 x British 18 in torpedo or 1 x Mark 13 torpedo or 8 x RP-3 '60 lb' (27 kg) rockets (underwing). Max Speed: 320 mph (280 kn, 515 km/h @ 10000 ft / 3050 m)