Described by one pilot observing from the periphery of the battle as looking like the 'jaws of hell', it is difficult to imagine what it was like as tiny, fragile Swordfish threaded their way through the tracer and AA fire erupting from 100's of guns of all calibres. The number of Italian rounds fired equated to around 5000/aircraft!
Designer David Adams has created 2 designs that vividly capture the chaotic scene as Swordfish press home their attacks in near darkness punctuated by tracer and the light from explosions.
'Torpedo hit' depicts the moment when a torpedo explodes against an Italian warship and a Swordfish makes good her escape through a hail of fire while 'Jaws of hell' is a panoramic view of the scene.
Both designs are available on mugs and table mats and all include the squadron numbers, HMS Illustrious, date and the Taranto 80 logo.
Quality Mugs: -Handwash recommended
The table mats have a tough gloss melamine surface and a cork backing.
NB The mugs and cutlery in the table mat images are purely to illustrate a possible place setting. Table mats are not supplied with either.