Fairey Swordfish MkI – 815 NAS, HMS Illustrious, Taranto Raid 1940


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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA36306: Fairey Swordfish Mk I 815 NAS, HMS Illustrious, November 1940. Limited Edition of 2860 pieces

Length 6 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches

In April 1940, the 815 Naval Squadron was attached to RAF Coastal Command at Bircham Newton. In May 1940, the squadron provided support to the Dunkirk evacuation. In June 1940, the squadron embarked on HMS Illustrious and sailed for the Mediterranean in August, attacking and mine laying Benghazi, Rhodes and Turku. In November 1940 the entire squadron took part in the attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto. The CO Lt. Col. K. Williamson RN and crew were lost and taken POW during the operation. In December 1940, two Italian convoy ships were sunk off Sicily, but HMS Illustrious was severely damaged in a dive bombing attack in January 1941. Five of the squadron aircraft escaped to Malta and combined with the remnants of 819 and 821 to re-form as a new 815 squadron under the same CO.

This spotter-reconnaissance aircraft, built by the Fairey Aviation Company for the British Royal Navy, was first flown on February 22nd, 1934. Nicknamed “Stringbag” after a housewife’s string shopping bag, the Swordfish could carry an unlikely combination of loads. It could lift off a carrier deck with a standard torpedo, although this made it vulnerable to fighter attack. Its low speed and stable stance made it easy to line up for a torpedo attack, as it did against the German Bismark and on the Italian naval base at Taranto, where 21 Swordfish destroyed three battleships, a cruiser, two destroyers and other warships.

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Weight 1.2 kg