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Swordfish Landing-On

'Swordfish' Landing On

'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 Affectionately known as the “Stringbag” by its crews, it was outdated by 1939, but achieved some spectacular successes during the war, notably the sinking of one and damaging two battleships of the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy)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)

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The Siddeley Hawker Nimrod

Hawker Nimrod

Hawker Nimrod

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.


823 Squadron Over The Glorious

823 Squadron over the "Glorious" in 1938

823 Squadron over the "Glorious" in 1938

Taken during fleet exercises in March 1938. On the outbreak of war, this torpedo spotter reconnaissance Swordfish squadron embarked from Dekheila, Egypt to HMS Glorious in search of enemy shipping in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.  The author, Wing Commander Garlick served on 802 Squadron attached to the Glorious before the war.  HMS Glorious was sunk by the German battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst in the Norwegian Sea on 8 June 1940, having been recalled from Malta for the defence of Norway. Half of 823 squadron were lost.  Only two on-board pilots survived who were picked up in life rafts three days later.  The remainder of 823 were stationed at Hatston, on the Orkney Islands.