Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA1203: Avenger A.S. Mk. IV “Beryl the Peril”
XB374 of the Royal Navy FAA, based on the carrier HMS Bulwark, Suez, 1957. Rather comically there is an error on the boxlid of all these models and the person actually wrote the aircraft name on the boxlid as “BERLY THE PERIL”. This is now an extremely hard model to find. Production of 2,210 pieces.
In 1953 the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm lacked a suitable anti-submarine aircraft so it acquired 100 Grumman Avenger AS Mk.IV. Throughout the 1956 – 1957 Suez Crisis these aircraft with AN/APS-4 radar were used as submarine hunter-killers. They were equipped with a wide variety of weapons from rockets to torpedoes and bombs. Yellow and black stripes were applied as a means of recognition and this aircraft was named “Beryl the Peril”. Beryl was a 1953 comic strip version of a female “Dennis the Menace”.
HMS Bulwark was the 6th vessel to bare this name and was affectionately nicknamed ‘The Rusty B’, that was a word play from her motto ’Under Thy Wings I Will (T)rust’. She was also known as ‘The Painted Lady’, referring to her numerous coats of paint!
The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm used the Grumman Avenger AS-4 as a stopgap measure
while another more modern aircraft was being developed for anti-submarine warfare. One hundred aircraft were acquired and converted to meet British specifications and came equipped with an AN/APS-4 radar pod fitted to the underside of the starboard wing. Some were assigned to HMS Bulwark with Carrier Codes B or O applied in black or white on the fin until in 1955 Fairey Gannets replaced them. The last Avenger was retired from British service in 1962.