The Swordfish was an extraordinary aircraft with a service record that will live on in the annals of aviation history. Taranto, Bismarck, the Channel Dash and the Battle of the Atlantic are just a few of the actions where the Swordfish and their crews did something extraordinary.
The Swordfish was a remarkable aircraft with a service record that will live on in the annals of aviation history. Taranto, Bismarck, the Channel Dash and the Battle of the Atlantic are just a few of the actions where the Swordfish and their crews did something extraordinary.
To mark this, we have created a very special collection of items:
A beautifully detailed and executed, museum quality, model of Swordfish W5856. Built in 1941, thanks to your support, she is still flying today.
The model is 46cm wide and 37cm long (1/27 scale). N.B. The model is supplied with a separate stand for use if preferred.
The model is mounted on an engraved piston from the Bristol Pegasus engine fitted to the same Fairey Swordfish. Needless to say that these pistons are extremely rare.
The engraving includes Pilot, Observer and Aircrew wings and the famous quote from Admiral Cunningham after the raid on Taranto had illustrated how truly devastating naval aircraft could be.
Finally, a framed swatch of fabric taken from a Swordfish (LS326) that saw action in the Battle of the Atlantic and is signed by a survivor of the Channel Dash
Chief Petty Officer Donald Arthur Bunce CGM
was a Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG). He took part in the ill-fated Channel Dash on 12th February, 1942. Flying in Fairey Swordfish W5907, he was credited with shooting down an enemy aircraft, despite being wounded, and while his aircraft had a damaged engine and was on fire. All six aircraft taking part in the attack were shot down and he was one of only five survivors from the eighteen aircrew who took part.
The Channel Dash
The Channel Dash action, regarded as a suicide mission, is notable as an example of extreme devotion to duty. The CO at RAF Manston stood in the snow by the runway and saluted each aircraft as it took off. He didn't expect any to return.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a very special tribute to an extraordinary aircraft and those who flew in them.