By fighter standards, the Beaufighter Mk.I was rather heavy and slow, with an all-up weight of 16,000 lb (7,000 kg) and a maximum speed of 335 mph (540 km/h) at 16,800 ft (5,000 m).  While there was some scepticism that the aircraft was too big for a fighter, the proposal was given a warm reception by the Air Staff. , Large orders for the Beaufighter were placed around the outbreak of the Second World War, including one for 918 aircraft shortly after the arrival of the initial production examples. The Beaufighter was the only heavy fighter aircraft available, as the Westland Whirlwind had been cancelled due to production problems with its Rolls-Royce Peregrine engines. The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter (often called the Beau) was a multi-role aircraft developed during the Second World War by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the UK. The majority of the fuselage was positioned aft of the wing and, with the engine cowlings and propellers now further forward than the tip of the nose, gave the Beaufighter a characteristically stubby appearance. Either way, the P-38 would have outclassed the Bf-110 in a dogfight.  The re-equipping and conversion training process took several months to complete; on the night of 17/18 September 1940, Beaufighters of 29 Squadron conducted their first operational night patrol, conducting an uneventful sortie, the first operational daylight sortie was performed on the following day.  The armament of the Beaufighter had also undergone substantial changes, the initial 60-round capacity spring-loaded drum magazine arrangement being awkward and inconvenient; alternative systems were investigated by Bristol. Beaufighter Mk VI The Hercules returned with the next major version in 1942, the Mk VI, which was eventually built to over 1,000 examples. Bristol Beaufighter Jump to: Variants : Photos : On Display Home > Aircraft Database > British Aircraft > Bristol Beaufighter Entering service with the Royal Air Force in July 1940 the Beaufighter  This is possibly Beaufighter TF.X LX998 of 603 Squadron, which was shot down after destroying a German Arado Ar 196 during an anti-shipping mission in November 1943.  While the aircraft's size had once caused scepticism, the Beaufighter became the highest performance aircraft capable of carrying the bulky early airborne interception radars used for night fighter operations, without incurring substantial endurance or armament penalties, and was invaluable as a night fighter. Tactics were further refined, when shipping was moved from port during the night. Built as a company-funded long-range fighter (using major components from the earlier Beaufort torpedo-bomber), the Beaufighter prototype first flew on July 17, 1939 under the command of Captain Uwins. Beaufighter TF Xs could make precision attacks on shipping at wave-top height with torpedoes or RP-3 (60 lb) rockets. The P-38 was an excellent all around aircraft - it didn't earn the moniker "forked tail devil" for being a slouch. Pleased with the initial design, the Air Ministry ordered 300 Beaufighters two weeks before the prototype's maiden flight.  The Bristol design team, led by Leslie Frise, commenced the development of a cannon-armed fighter derivative as a private venture. Feb 7, 2014 - Explore Colin Baxter's board "Beaufighter and Mosquito", followed by 162 people on Pinterest. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. As a torpedo bomber and "general reconnaissance" aircraft the Beaufort had moderate performance but for fighter-lik… The timing of the suggestion happened to coincide with delays in the development and production of the Westland Whirlwind cannon-armed twin-engine fighter.  Often, one command opted for modifications and features that the other did not.  A night-fighter Beaufighter Mk VIF was supplied to squadrons in March 1942, equipped with AI Mark VIII radar. It is a twin-engine two-seat long range day and night fighter. The strike variant of the Torbeau was called the Mk.XIC. The recoil of the cannons and machine guns could reduce the speed of the aircraft by around 25 knots. Through the summer, the squadrons conducted daytime convoy escort and ground-attack operations but primarily flew as night fighters. , The Beaufighter was commonly operated as a night fighter, such as during the Battle of Britain. Douglas P-70; Bristol Beaufighter (British supplied) Grumman F6F-3E/F6F-3N/F6F-5N Hellcat; Lockheed P-38M "Night Lightning" Northrop P-61 Black Widow; Vought F4U-2/F4U-4E/F4U-4N Corsair; France. 2 x Rolls-Royce Merlin 76 V-12 liquid-cooled inline piston engines developing 1,710 horsepower driving three-bladed propeller units. A Mk.VIC Beaufighter, serial A19-130, lies in 204 feet (62 m) of water, just off the coast of Fergusson Island in the western Pacific. 30 Squadron flew in at mast height to provide heavy suppressive fire for the waves of attacking bombers.  Due to wartime shortages, some Beaufighters entered operational service without feathering equipment for their propellers. The most famous of these was the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, during which Beaufighters were used in a fire-suppression role in a mixed force with USAAF Douglas A-20 Boston and North American B-25 Mitchell bombers. Coastal Command sank 366 German transport vessels and damaged 134. The Beaufighter was ultimately replaced by the de Havilland Mosquito, which offered bomber support over Europe as well as defence for the British Isles. A British journalist said that Japanese soldiers called it the "whispering death" for its quiet engines, although this is not supported by Japanese sources. The Beaufighter saw extensive service during the war with the RAF (59 squadrons), Fleet Air Arm (15 squadrons), RAAF (seven squadrons), Royal Canadian Air Force (four squadrons), United States Army Air Forces (four squadrons), Royal New Zealand Air Force (two squadrons), South African Air Force (two squadrons) and Polskie Siły Powietrzne (Free Polish Air Force; one squadron). , Bristol began building an initial prototype by taking a partly-built Beaufort out of the production line. , The Beaufighter's armament was located in various positions on the lower fuselage and wings. The heavy fighter remained fast enough to catch up to German bombers and, with its heavy armament, deal out considerable damage to them. , It was recognised that RAF Coastal Command required a long-range heavy fighter aircraft such as the Beaufighter and in early 1941, Bristol proceeded with the development of the Beaufighter Mk. , The Beaufighter soon commenced service overseas, where its ruggedness and reliability quickly made the aircraft popular with crews. However, it was heavy on the controls and not easy to fly, with landing being a particular challenge for inexperienced pilots. In April 1943, the first successful torpedo attacks by Beaufighters was performed by 254 Squadron, sinking two merchant ships off Norway. Variants of the Beaufighter were manufactured in Australia by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP); such aircraft are sometimes referred to by the name DAP Beaufighter. The Beaufighter proved to be an effective night fighter, which came into service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Battle of Britain, its large size allowing it to carry heavy armament and early airborne interception radar without major performance penalties.  T4800, a Beaufighter Mk 1C of No. Eight transports and four destroyers were sunk for the loss of five aircraft, including one Beaufighter. The wings, control surfaces, retractable landing gear and aft section of the fuselage were identical to those of the Beaufort, while the wing centre section was similar apart from certain fittings. , During early development, Bristol had formalised multiple configurations for the prospective aircraft, including variations such as a proposed three-seat bomber outfitted with a dorsal gun turret with a pair of cannons, the Type 157 and what Bristol referred to as a sports model, with a thinner fuselage, the Type 158. Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. With the beginning of hostilities, orders for the Beaufighter increased, which led to a shortage of Hercules engines. Yes the Beaufighter really does have that much ammo, think of a minivan stuffed full of ammo, thats what this is. , The Air Ministry produced draft Specification F.11/37 in response to Bristol's suggestion for an "interim" aircraft, pending the proper introduction of the Whirlwind. Bristol Beaufighter; Bristol Blenheim Mk IF; de Havilland Mosquito NF series; Fairey Firefly NF Mk 5; United States. The Command lost 2,060 aircraft to all causes, but not without result; in action from the first day of hostilities until the last, it flew over one million flying hours in 240,000 operations, and destroyed 212 U-boats.  The volume of production involved, along with other factors, had led to a shortage of Hercules engines being expected, jeopardising the aircraft's manufacturing rate. It served in many vital roles in varying climates.  Early modifications to R2052 included stiffening of the elevator control circuit, increased fin area and lengthening of the main oleo strut of the undercarriage to better accommodate weight increases and hard landings. The Hercules Mk XVII, developing 1,735 hp (1,294 kW) at 500 ft (150 m), was installed in the Mk VIC airframe to produce the TF Mk.X (torpedo fighter), commonly known as the "Torbeau".  Evaluation of the Beaufort concluded that it had great structural strength and stiffness in the wings, nacelles, undercarriage and tail, so that the aircraft could be readily developed further for greater speed and manoeuvrability akin to a fighter-class aircraft.  Output of the Beaufighter rose rapidly upon the commencement of production. I think a closer comparison to the Zerstorer, would be the Bristol Beaufighter.  Beaufighters also cooperated with the British Eighth Army during action in the Western Desert Campaign, often in the form of ground strafing.. Malta Triq is-Sajf, SPB2601 Bugibba, Saint Paul’s +356 2750 9592 +356 7707 1419, +48 604 585 389 [email protected] The last flight of a Beaufighter in RAF service was by TT.10 RD761 from RAF Seletar on 12 May 1960.  Initial RAAF deliveries were directed to No. The concept of the Beaufighter has its origins in 1938. Two weeks prior to the prototype's first flight, an initial production contract for 300 aircraft under Specification F.11/37 was issued by the Air Ministry, ordering the type "off the drawing board". By March 1941, half of the 22 German aircraft claimed by British fighters were by Beaufighters. Bridgeman, Leonard, ed. The Beaufighter was … 32. My point was that the Beaufighter recorded its first night time kill in November 1940, the Mosquito became available in enough numbers to replace the Beaufighter as RAF frontline night fighter in Autumn 1943 but it still served in many theatres until much later. The aircraft sank within seconds, but both crew and their passenger escaped and swam to shore. This page was last edited on 22 December 2020, at 22:01. ", "Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic Serial Number A19-43. When Australian production ceased in 1946, 364 Mk.21s had been built.  Amongst the design requirements, the aircraft had to be able to accommodate the Rolls-Royce Griffon engine as an alternative to the Hercules and that it have maximum interchangeability between the two engines, which would feature removable installations. In 1942, long range patrols of the Bay of Biscay were routinely conducted by Beaufighters, intercepting aircraft such as the Ju-88 and Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor operating against Allied anti-submarine patrols. 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On 20 April 1942, the RAAF's first Beaufighter IC (an Australian designation given to various models of the aircraft, including Beaufighter VIC, Beaufighter X, and Beaufighter XIC), which had been imported from Britain, was delivered; the last aircraft was delivered on 20 August 1945. In later operations, it served mainly as a maritime strike/ground attack aircraft, RAF Coastal Command having operated the largest number of Beaufighters amongst all other commands at one point. The Beaufighter arrived at squadrons in Asia and the Pacific in mid-1942. The Beaufighter was a truly formidable aeroplane. At night the onboard radar let the aircraft detect enemy aircraft. At least one captured Beaufighter was operated by the Luftwaffe – a photograph exists of the aircraft in flight, with German markings. See more ideas about Bristol beaufighter, Bristol, Ww2 aircraft. The Hercules was a considerably larger and more powerful engine which required larger propellers. The prospective aircraft had to share the same jigs as the Beaufort so that production could easily be switched from one aircraft to the other.  On 2 November 1943, another high-profile event involving the type occurred when a Beaufighter, A19-54, won the second of two unofficial races against an A-20 Boston bomber.. The result was the Bristol Beaufighter, which entered service a year after the outbreak of war at a time when it was most sorely needed. , In general, with the exception of the powerplants used, the differences between the preceding Beaufort and Beaufighter were minor. During a raid on London on the night of 19/20 May 1941, 24 aircraft were shot down by fighters against two by anti-aircraft ground fire.. Beaufighter Mk V The Vs had a Boulton Paul turret with four 0.303 machine guns mounted aft of the cockpit supplanting one pair of cannons and the wing-mounted machine guns.  This was one of the heavier, if not the heaviest, fighter armament of its time. Comparing the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito Multirole Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft against the Bristol Beaufighter Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft. Many Mark 10 aircraft were converted to the target tug role postwar as the TT.10 and served with several RAF support units until 1960. By the end of the war, some 70 pilots serving with RAF units had become aces while flying Beaufighters. The British heavy fighters are an interesting lot, starting off with a trio of converted bombers before moving on to dedicated twin engine fighter designs. Early models of the Mk X carried centimetric-wavelength ASV (air-to-surface vessel) radar with "herringbone" antennae on the nose and outer wings, but this was replaced in late 1943 by the centimetric AI Mark VIII radar housed in a "thimble-nose" radome, enabling all-weather and night attacks. It ended up a true fighter bomber, seeing much service in such operations as shipping strikes. The North Coates Strike Wing of Coastal Command, based at RAF North Coates on the Lincolnshire coast, developed tactics that combined large formations of Beaufighters, using cannons and rockets, to suppress flak, while the Torbeaus attacked at low level with torpedoes.  On the night of 19/20 November 1940, the first kill by a radar-equipped Beaufighter occurred, of a Junkers Ju 88. , Further armament trials and experimental modifications were performed throughout the Beaufighter's operational life. 100 Group, the bomber support unit. , Roy Fedden, chief designer of the Bristol engine division, was a keen advocate for the improved Hercules VI for the Beaufighter but it was soon passed over in favour of the rival Griffon engine, as the Hercules VI required extensive development. As there was no room to climb around the seat-back, the back collapsed to allow the pilot to climb over and into the seat. These powered three-bladed Rotol constant-speed propellers; both fully feathering metal and wooden blades were used. In an emergency, the pilot could operate a lever that remotely released the hatch, grasp two steel overhead tubes and lift himself out of his seat, swing his legs over the open hatchway, then let go to drop through. Bristol made proposals of a fixed four cannon version and a turret fighter with twin cannons; the former was preferred by the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. 272 Squadron RAF) was identified about 0.5-mile (0.80 km) off the north coast of Malta.  The fourth prototype, R2055, had its regular armament replaced by a pair of 40 mm guns for attacking ground targets, the two guns being a Vickers S gun mounted on the starboard fuselage and a Rolls-Royce BH gun mounted on the port fuselage; these trials led to the Vickers gun being installed on an anti-tank Hawker Hurricane IID.  The Beaufighter was reputedly very effective in the Mediterranean against Axis shipping, aircraft and ground targets; Coastal Command was, at one point, the majority user of the Beaufighter, replacing its inventory of obsolete Beaufort and Blenheim aircraft. SITICOP-MG - Sindicato dos Trabalhadores nas Industrías da Construção Pesada de Minas Gerais It’s a tough question. In late April 1941, the first two Beaufighter Mk II aircraft, R2277 and R2278, were delivered to 600 and 604 Squadrons; the former squadron being the first to receive the type in quantity in the following month. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also made extensive use of the type as an anti-shipping aircraft, such as during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Operation Firedog’ Bristol Beaufighter TF.10 scheduled for an early August release and here is it... Slighty upgraded 2015 tool. The Beaufighter showed its merits as a night fighter but went on to perform in other capacities. During the Munich Crisis, the Bristol Aeroplane Company recognised that the Royal Air Force (RAF) had an urgent need for a long-range fighter aircraft capable of carrying heavy payloads for maximum destruction. The aircraft ditched in March 1943, after an engine failure occurred soon after take-off and lies inverted on the sea bed, in 38 metres (125 ft) of water.. R2052 was initially operated by Bristol for testing purposes while it was based at Filton Aerodrome. , Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era, British heavy fighter aircraft of the WWII era, This article is about the aircraft. , Bristol's proposed recoil-operated ammunition feed system was rejected by officials, which led to a new system being devised and tested on the fourth prototype, R2055. The initial rejection was later reversed, upon the introduction of a new electrically driven feed derived from Châtellerault designs brought to Britain by Free French officers, which was quite similar to Bristol's original proposal. The Japanese convoy, under the impression that they were under torpedo attack, made the tactical error of turning their ships towards the Beaufighters, which allowed the Beaufighters to inflict severe damage on the ships' anti-aircraft guns, bridges and crews during strafing runs with their four 20 mm nose cannons and six wing-mounted .303 in (7.7 mm) machine guns.  As the faster de Havilland Mosquito took over as the main night fighter in mid-to-late 1942, the heavier Beaufighter made valuable contributions in other areas such as anti-shipping, ground attack and long-range interdiction, in every major theatre of operations. The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws.  Hydraulics were also used to retract the independent units of undercarriage, while the brakes were pneumatically-actuated. Based on the standard Mk I model, the initial batch of 97 Coastal Command Beaufighters were hastily manufactured, making it impossible to incorporate the intended additional wing fuel tanks on the production line and so 50-gallon tanks from the Vickers Wellington were temporarily installed on the floor between the cannon bays. , Through 1940–41, the manufacturing rate of the Beaufighter steadily rose. Beaufighters were replaced in some roles by the Bristol Type 164 Brigand, which had been designed using components of the Beaufighter's failed stablemate, the Bristol Buckingham. Only two Mk Vs were built. The navigator-radar operator sat to the rear under a small Perspex bubble where the Beaufort's dorsal turret had been. The areas for the rear gunner and bomb-aimer were removed, leaving only the pilot in a fighter-type cockpit. By mid-1941, twenty Beaufighters were reserved for test purposes, including engine development, stability and manoeuvrability improvements and other purposes.  Structurally, the wing consisted of two spars with single-sheet webs and extruding flanges, completed with a stressed-skin covering, and featured metal-framed ailerons with fabric coverings along with hydraulically-actuated flaps located between the fuselage and the ailerons. Oct 14, 2020 - Explore Michael Power's board "Bristol Beaufighter", followed by 226 people on Pinterest. These tactics were put into practice in mid-1943 and in ten months, 29,762 tons (84,226 m3) of shipping were sunk. "The Bristol 156 Beaufighter.". This inaugural deployment with the squadron proved to be highly successful, leading to the type being retained in that theatre throughout the remainder of the war. Mosquito Development Origins of the DH.98 was owed to development of all-wood de Havilland racing planes appearing in the mid-1930s as the designation of DH.88 "Comet". , As a torpedo bomber and aerial reconnaissance aircraft, the Beaufort had a modest performance. Bristol Beaufighter Mk XIc – JM135 The Bristol Beaufighter was one of the most versatile aircraft to serve with the Royal Air Force during World War II.  They were soon replaced by a belt-feed system. The high-speed, low-level attacks were very effective, despite often atrocious weather conditions, and makeshift repair and maintenance facilities. NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen).  Due to production of the Griffon being reserved for the Fairey Firefly, the Air Ministry instead opted for the Rolls-Royce Merlin to power the Beaufighter until the manufacturing rate of the Hercules could be raised by a new shadow factory in Accrington. , Data from Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, The Bristol Beaufighter I & II. The idea of a fighter development of the Beaufort was suggested to the Air Ministry by Bristol. 2 x Bristol Hercules VI 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines developing 1,635 horsepower each driving three-bladed propeller units. On 16 November 1938, Bristol received formal authorisation to commence the detailed design phase of the project and to proceed with the construction of four prototypes. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. On 12 June 1942, a Beaufighter conducted a raid which Moyes said was "perhaps the most impudent of the war". Evacuating the aircraft was easier for the navigator, as the rear hatch was in front of him and without obstruction. , On 17 July 1939, R2052, the first, unarmed, prototype, conducted its maiden flight, a little more than eight months after development had formally started. These production aircraft incorporated aerodynamic improvements, reducing aerodynamic drag from the engine nacelles and tail wheel, the oil coolers were also relocated on the leading edge of the wing. See more ideas about Bristol beaufighter, British aircraft, Wwii aircraft. The aircraft was ditched on April 21, 1944 after suffering a double engine failure shortly after takeoff from North Coates.  On 25 October 1940, the first confirmed Beaufighter kill, a Dornier Do 17, occurred. On 7 March 1941, the first Fairey-built Beaufighter Mk I performed its first test flight; the first Weston-built aircraft reached the same milestone on 20 February 1941. The Mosquito was a fast, versatile fighter-bomber capable of low-level hit-and-run raids against ground targets, using bombs or rockets plus a heavy nose armament of 4x20mm cannon. , The Bristol Beaufighter is a fighter derivative of the Beaufort torpedo-bomber.  Perhaps in anticipation of this, the Air Ministry had requested that Bristol investigate the prospects of a "slim fuselage" configuration.  In June 1941, the Beaufighter-equipped 272 Squadron based on Malta claimed the destruction of 49 enemy aircraft and the damaging of 42 more.  A total of 2,100 drawings were produced during the transition from Beaufort to the prototype Beaufighter, more than twice as many were created during later development, between the prototype Beaufighter and the fully operational production models. The design of the cannons and the armament configuration was revised on most aircraft. 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