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  • Bristol/DAP Beaufort - warbirdregistry.org - A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    and then the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm from 1940 until they were withdrawn from operational service in the European theatre in 1942 RAF Beauforts flying from Britain operated as torpedo bombers conventional bombers and mine layers and were then used as training aircraft until being declared obsolete in 1945 Beauforts also saw considerable action in the Mediterranean Beaufort squadrons based in Egypt and on Malta helped put an end to Axis shipping supplying Rommel s Deutsches Afrikakorps in North Africa Beauforts were most widely used until the end of the Second World War by the Royal Australian Air Force in the Pacific theatre All but six of the RAAF s Beauforts were manufactured under licence in Australia Although designed as a torpedo bomber the Beaufort more often flew as a level bomber The Beaufort also flew more hours in training than on operational missions and more were lost through accidents and mechanical failures than were lost to enemy fire However the Beaufort did spawn a long range heavy fighter variant called the Beaufighter which proved to be very successful and many Beaufort units eventually converted to the Beaufighter Below is a list of Beaufort airframes that survived military service

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/beaufortregistry/beaufortregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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  • warbirdregistry.org - Bristol Blenheim/Fairchild Bolingbroke Registry - A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    landing gear flaps powered gun turret and variable pitch propellers The Blenheim Mk I outshone most biplane fighters in the late 1930s but stood little chance against the German Messerschmitt Bf 109 during daylight operations though it proved successful as a night fighter The Mark IV variant was equally unsuccessful in its daylight bombing role suffering major losses in the early stages of the war The Fairchild Bolingbroke was a Canadian built variant used as a maritime patrol aircraft by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War Built by Fairchild Canada it was a variant of the Blenheim Mk IV bomber Below is a list of Blenheim and Bolingbroke airframes that survived military service L9044 D 02 R3821 P 01 9041 R 01 9048 S 01 9059 D 02 9073 S 02 9093 92 9104 D 02 9869 S 96 9883 R 02 9887 S 02 9889 W 93 9892 D 02 9893 R 02 9895 D 02 9896 D 02 9897 S 01 9904 D 01 9911 93 9937 W 93 9940 R 01 9944 D 02 9947 W 90 9949 S 92 9978 D 02 9981 W 93 9983 S 02 9987 S 01 9989

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/blenheimregistry/blenheimregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Warbird Registry - Avro Lancaster - A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    successful of the Second World War night bombers delivering 608 612 tons of bombs in 156 000 sorties Although the Lancaster was primarily a night bomber it excelled in many other roles including daylight precision bombing and gained worldwide renown as the Dam Buster used in the 1943 Operation Chastise raids on Germany s Ruhr Valley dams Below is a list of Lancaster airframes that survived military service R5868 D

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/lancregistry/lancregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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  • De Havilland Mosquito Registry - A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    the Mossie to its crews Below are a list of some of the aircraft to survive military service W4050 R 02 HJ711 D 03 HR339 P 02 HR621 R 02 KA114 R 02 KA984 C 51 KB336 D 02 LR480 D 02 NS631 S 02 PF670 S 02 PZ474 P 88 PZ467 W 48 RF597 P 95 RK952 D 02 RR299 W 96 RS700 S 01 RS709 D 02 RS712

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/mossieregistry/mossieregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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  • warbirdregistry.org - Curtiss SB2C Helldiver- A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    than the SBD it replaced Crew nicknames for the aircraft included the Big Tailed Beast or just the derogatory Beast Two Cee and Son of a Bitch 2nd Class after its designation and partly because of its reputation for having difficult handling characteristics Neither pilots nor aircraft carrier skippers seemed to like it Although production problems persisted throughout its combat service it was reported that some pilots soon changed their minds about the potency of the Helldiver Delays marred its production Built for the USAAF as the A 25 Shrike by the time it was delivered it was no longer required Substantial orders by the British Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force were both cancelled due to the poor handling of the aircraft The Truman Committee investigated Helldiver production and turned in a scathing report which eventually led to the beginning of the end for Curtiss However in spite of its problems the aircraft was flown through the last two years of the Pacific War with a fine combat record due to the high training of its crews Below is a list of the known Helldiver airframes that survived military service Bu 00020 S 12 Bu 19075 R

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/helldiverregistry/helldiverregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Douglas SBD Dauntless Registry - A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    Marine Corps both from land air bases and aircraft carriers The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 During the time of its combat service the SBD was an excellent naval scout plane and arguably the world s best dive bomber It possessed long range good handling characteristics maneuverability potent bomb load capacity great diving characteristics defensive armament and ruggedness In most of these characteristics the SBD was superior to the German Junkers Ju 87 the Japanese Aichi D3A Val and any dive bomber possessed by the Royal Air Force the Soviet Air Force or the purpose built designs for the U S Army Air Forces which used the SBD without an arrestor hook as the A 24 Banshee Below is a list of some of the SBD airframes that survived military service SBD DAUNTLESS Bu 01612 R 05 Bu 02106 D 02 Bu 06508 D 02 Bu 06624 D 03 Bu 06694 R 03 Bu 06833 D 02 Bu 06853 D 04 Bu 06900 D 03 Bu 10508 S 02 Bu 10518 A 02 Bu 10575 D 04 Bu 10715 R 91

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/sbdregistry/sbdregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Fairey Battle Registry - A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    engine that gave contemporary British fighters high performance however the Battle was weighed down with a three man crew and a bomb load Despite being a great improvement on the aircraft that preceded it by the time it saw action it was slow limited in range and highly vulnerable to both anti aircraft fire and fighters with its single defensive 303 machine gun Below is a list of Battle airframes

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/battleregistry/battleregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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  • warbirdregistry.org - Fairey Swordfish Registry - A Warbirds Resource Group Site
    battleships of the Regia Marina the Italian Navy in the Battle of Taranto and the famous crippling of the Bismarck It was operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft however during its later years it was also used as an anti submarine and training craft Designed in the 1930s the Swordfish outlived several types intended to replace it and remained in front line service until VE Day Below is a

    Original URL path: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/swordregistry/swordregistry.html (2016-05-02)
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