Bristol Beaufort photographs

Bristol Beaufort MkI RAF 217Sqn

Bristol Beaufort MkI RAF 217Sqn W6494 shot down Carpiquet airfield Caen 13 May 1941

Bristol Beaufort RAF MWR 01

Bristol Beaufort MkI RAF 217Sqn MWS St Eval Cornwall Jan 1942 (IWM) 01

Bristol Beaufort I N102,'MW-S' of No 217 Squadron, Royal Air Force readies for take off from St Eval, Cornwall as the ground crew pull the chocks from in front of its wheels. January 1942. Beaufort Mark I, L9878 'MW-R', of No.217 Squadron RAF based at St Eval, Cornwall, in flight.

Bristol Beaufort MkI RAF 217Sqn MWE N1173 St Eval Cornwall Jan 1942 (IWM) 01

Bristol Beaufort MkI RAF 217Sqn MWB AW242 St Eval Cornwall Jan 1942 (IWM) 01

Bristol Beauforts N1173 'MW-E' and AW242 'MW-B' of 217 Squadron, Royal Air Force making a low pass along the Cornish coastline near St Eval.

Bristol Beaufort MkIA RAF 217Sqn MWT L9965 Mediterranean 1942 0A

Bristol Beaufort Warpaint Page 19

    Notes

  1. L4441 was in a natural metal finish and has the production-type engine cowlings and redesigned nacelles without the undercarriage doors used on all later Beauforts.[6]
  2. In the 1930s, the RAF mainly relied on the obsolescent Vickers Vildebeest biplane.[7]
  3. The added weight of the Beaufort was due to the additional equipment and crew accommodation, plus the heavier engines.
  4. Many Beaufort components, including construction techniques and the undercarriage units, were to be used in the later Bristol Beaufighter.[5]
  5. Mark I performance figure relate to late production versions with the more powerful Taurus Mks. XII/XVI. Those with the earlier versions were slower.[14]
  6. The decision to install Twin-Wasps in British Beauforts was undertaken almost simultaneously. The trials aircraft was N1110.[2]
  7. During a Rover on 11 December 1940, a Beaufort flown by Flt. Lt. Oliver Philpot was shot down. Philpot was later to take part in the dramatic prison camp escape made famous in the film The Wooden Horse.[30]
  8. Prinz Eugen had been torpedoed by the submarine HMS Trident earlier in the year, with the result that her stern had been destroyed. She was on her way back to Germany after temporary repairs in Trondheim.[48]
  9. Count Ciano in his diaries called her "The pearl of the Italian Merchant Fleet"[53]
  10. R.P.M. Gibbs DSO DFC and bar was invalided out of the RAF in 1944. He was to write the book Torpedo Leader about his experiences.[57]
  11. With Mk XII torpedo, the Beaufort reached 263 mph (228 kn, 423 km/h).
  12. With Mk XII torpedo, the Beaufort reached 225 mph (195 kn, 362 km/h).

    Citations

  1. Barnes 1988, p. 283.
  2. Robertson 1976, p. 30.
  3. Robertson 1976, pp.52-55.
  4. Robertson 1976 p. 3.
  5. Barnes 1988, p. 290.
  6. Barnes 1988, p. 284.
  7. Robertson 1976, p. 4.
  8. Bristol Beaufort - British Aircraft of World War II. Retrieved: 26 August 2010.
  9. Wansbrough-White 1995, p. 115.
  10. Robertson 1976, p. 5.
  11. Robertson 1976, p. 8.
  12. Buttler 2000 p. 6.
  13. Robertson 1976, pp. 6–7.
  14. Robertson 1976, p. 79.
  15. Barnes 1988, p. 285.
  16. Barnes 1988, p. 286.
  17. Robertson 1976, pp. 30–31, 79.
  18. Robertson 1976, p. 31.
  19. Robertson 1976, p. 56.
  20. Robertson 1976, pp. 56–58.
  21. Robertson 1976, p. 64.
  22. Robertson 1976, pp. 56, 79.
  23. Robertson 1976, p. 58.
  24. Robertson 1976, p. 72.
  25. Robertson 1976, pp. 64, 70, 77.
  26. Buttler 2000 pp. 22–23.
  27. Robertson 1976, p. 70.
  28. Barker 1957, pp. 33-34.
  29. Barker 1957, pp. 34-35.
  30. Barker 1957, p. 19.
  31. Robertson 1976, pp. 19-20.
  32. Robertson 1976, pp. 20, 50-51.
  33. Barker 1957, p. 75.
  34. Robertson 1976, p. 14.
  35. Barker 1957, pp.75–76.
  36. Barker 1957, p. 76.
  37. Barker 1957, p. 31.
  38. Barker 1957, pp.9–12.
  39. Barker 1957, pp. 60–61.
  40. Barker 1957, p. 62.
  41. Barker 1957, pp.62–67.
  42. Robertson 1976, p. 18.
  43. Barker 1957, pp. 28–31.
  44. Robertson 1976, pp. 26–28.
  45. Robertson 1976, p. 78.
  46. Barnes 1988, pp. 299–300.
  47. Buttler 2004, pp. 163–164.
  48. Barker 1957, p. 140.
  49. Robertson 1976, pp. 34–35.
  50. Barker 1957, p. 164.
  51. Robertson 1976, pp. 36–37.
  52. Delve 1995, pp. 50–51.
  53. Barker 1957, p. 169.
  54. Shores et al. 1991, pp. 53–54.
  55. Barker 1957, pp. 179-180.
  56. Shores et al. 1991, p. 353.
  57. Barker 1957, p. 231.
  58. Barker 1957, p. 175.
  59. Shores et al, 1991, pp. 356, 518.
  60. 38 Squadron - virgin.net
  61. Shores et al. 1991, pp=363–364.
  62. Shores et al. 1991, p. 520.
  63. Shores et al. 1991, p. 524.
  64. Shores et al. 1991, p. 540.
  65. Shores et al. 1991, p. 544.
  66. Robertson 1976, p.46.
  67. Robertson 1976, pp. 44–45.
  68. Robertson 1976, p. 60.
  69. Green 1967, p. 25.
  70. Robertson 1976, pp. 78-79.
  71. Robertson 1976, pp. 52=55, 78.
  72. Robertson 1976, pp. 64, 79.
  73. Robertson 1976, pp. 78–79.

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