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Fairey Swordfish

‘Hide and Seek’

The last of the great biplanes the Swordfish came into service in 1936 when it was claimed that it was archaic before it saw operations. Contrary to all it’s detractors the Swordfish served with great distinction all through WW2 performing minor miracles in the actions against the Bismark, at Taranto and against the Malta shipping. Known, with great affection, as the ‘Stringbag’ - no matter the size/weight of the load to be carried it could fitted in or on the Stringbag!

Many Swordfish served in the most hazardous and extreme conditions on the MAC (Merchant Aircraft Carriers)ships - the MACs were converted merchant ships and carried three or four Stringbags mostly secured on deck with no hangarage. Employed on Atlantic convoy duty as an anti-submarine force the Stringbags operated in the worst of weather conditions and in a very hostile combat environment.

The image shows a pair of Swordfish, relieved to find ‘mother’ again after a long patrol of up to ten hours, turning on to the approach to a MAC ship.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:24.0-60.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jul 2006 - 1:51 PM
Focal Length:49mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:HIde and Seek?
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:17 Aug 2011 - 8:23 PM
Tags:Aircraft, Digital art, Ww2
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330bmw
330bmw  5 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 - 8:27 PM

Awesome image very dramatic love it well done..Smile

Mark..

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Jestertheclown
17 Aug 2011 - 8:28 PM

Another winner Pat.

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digital_boi
17 Aug 2011 - 8:30 PM

Nice one that looks like an ACDsee watermark??

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UBOAT
UBOAT  741 forum posts Scotland
17 Aug 2011 - 8:38 PM

I would say it's another for your best of grampa. Brilliant one of your best. very dramatic sky and of an aircraft with a great history.

connor

Last Modified By UBOAT at 17 Aug 2011 - 8:38 PM

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Curtain
Curtain e2 Member 7Curtain vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2011 - 8:48 PM

A really top notch image.
Nick

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2011 - 10:19 PM

Have to go along with grandson's comments, Pat: superb piece of work and as always you make sure we have plenty of info to understand the situation portrayed so well.
Ronnie.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2011 - 10:25 PM

Another outstanding image, Pat. You can almost feel the cold sea spray.
Steve.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
18 Aug 2011 - 3:17 PM

This has to be one of your finest pieces of work Pat. Outstanding work and so good you included Mother in the distance
Cracking stuff
Richard

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bugdog
bugdog  8 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2011 - 9:20 PM

This is a great image.
Really caught my eye.

Regards Phill

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Imagephotographics

Fabulous image Pat

Chris

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 8:10 AM

Superb work, Pat - congratulations on your well-deserved awards.
Sylvia

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viscostatic
14 Sep 2011 - 5:43 PM

A superb image Pat with interesting background information too.

Phil.

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