Fairey Swordfish. It was so slow (139mph top speed) that the Bismark's fire control could not calculate the AA guns. It also flew so low many of the AA guns could not angle low enough to hit it. It helped sink the Bismark and was in service until the end of WW2. The stringbag.

Fairey Swordfish. It was so slow (139mph top speed) that the Bismark's fire control could not calculate the AA guns. It also flew so low many of the AA guns could not angle low enough to hit it. It helped sink the Bismark and was in service until the end of WW2. The stringbag.

Fairey Swordfish Mk II

Fairey Swordfish Mk II

British; Fairey Swordfish Mk.1 from FAA Squadrons 815 & 819 aboard HMS Illustrious that participated on the Taranto Raid, 11th November 1940

British; Fairey Swordfish Mk.1 from FAA Squadrons 815 & 819 aboard HMS Illustrious that participated on the Taranto Raid, 11th November 1940

THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ The air gunner of a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber at his position on the rear-facing .303 inch Vickers machine gun. This Fairey Swordfish was one from HMS.

THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ The air gunner of a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber at his position on the rear-facing .303 inch Vickers machine gun. This Fairey Swordfish was one from HMS.

"One of the greatest carrier aircraft. Deadly in the right circumstances-and there were many" KB Swordfish over the Ark Royal

"One of the greatest carrier aircraft. Deadly in the right circumstances-and there were many" KB Swordfish over the Ark Royal

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