Fairey Swordfish MkII – 816 NAS, RNFAA, July 1944


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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends AA36305: Fairey Swordfish Mk II NF243 of 816 NAS, RNFAA, July 1944. This aircraft carries D-Day, June 6th 1944 stripes with a thin white outline to the outside white stripes on both fuselage and wings surfaces, where they border white. Legends models come on a stand within a plastic blister on a diorama base.

Length 6 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches

816 Squadron has its origins in the Royal Navy (RN) where it was first commissioned as an anti-submarine squadron on 3 October 1939 aboard HMS Furious, a Courageous Class light battle cruiser that had been converted into an aircraft carrier in 1925. Equipped with nine Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers, the Squadron carried out the first airborne torpedo attack of the war in April 1940. The Squadron joined Royal Air Force (RAF) Coastal Command in March 1941 and, returning from a mission escorting RAF aircraft being ferried to Malta, was embarked in HMS Ark Royal when she was sunk on 13 November 1941. The Squadron was subsequently disbanded but reformed in February 1942. It disbanded and reformed twice more during WWII and operated no less than five aircraft types. The Squadron was, for the most part, employed in convoy escort duties serving as far afield as the North Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica. In 1944 816 Squadron was re-equipped with 12 Swordfish and attached to 19 Group RAF Coastal Command at Perranporth and St Merryn for duties in the English Channel leading up to D-Day activities at Normandy. The Squadron disbanded as a RN unit for the final time at Lee-on-Solent on 1 July 1948.

On 28 August 1948, 816 Squadron recommissioned as a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) squadron at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Eglington, Northern Ireland.

The Swordfish 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 1.1 kg