'Swordfish' Landing On
A Swordfish making a carrier landing. The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo bomber built by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Affectionately known as the “Stringbag” by its crews, it was outdated by 1939, but achieved some spectacular successes during the war, notably the sinking of one and damaging two battleships of the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy) in the Battle of Taranto and the famous crippling of the Bismarck. (Wikipedia)
Fleet Air Arm Camp - Dekheila Airport
Situated about ten miles West of Alexandria, Egypt, Dekheila was the civilian airport that was a shore base for aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm. At the outbreak of World War II it was taken over by the Royal Egyptian Air Force, but was retained for use by the FAA. The author of ‘One Life Left’ embarked there from HMS ‘Glorious’ just prior to the war.
The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod was a single-seater biplane with an open cockpit, fixed undercarriage and twin machine guns using interrupter gear to fire through the propeller. It had a a top speed of 193 mph and was the standard Fleet fighter from 1931 to 1939. In 1933 it entered service with No.s 801, 802 and and 803 Squadrons RAF of the Fleet Air Arm.