‘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.
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