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HIde and Seek?

By patspeirs  
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.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww2

Voters: 330bmw, digital_boi, UBOAT and 35 more

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Comments


330bmw 7 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 8:27PM
Awesome image very dramatic love it well done..Smile

Mark..

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Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
17 Aug 2011 8:28PM
Another winner Pat.
17 Aug 2011 8:30PM
Nice one that looks like an ACDsee watermark??
UBOAT 9 41 Scotland
17 Aug 2011 8:38PM
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
17 Aug 2011 8:48PM
A really top notch image.
Nick
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
17 Aug 2011 10:19PM
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.
17 Aug 2011 10:25PM
Another outstanding image, Pat. You can almost feel the cold sea spray.
Steve.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
18 Aug 2011 3:17PM
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
bugdog 10 9 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2011 9:20PM
This is a great image.
Really caught my eye.

Regards Phill
19 Aug 2011 4:50AM
Fabulous image Pat

Chris
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
19 Aug 2011 8:10AM
Superb work, Pat - congratulations on your well-deserved awards.
Sylvia
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:43PM
A superb image Pat with interesting background information too.

Phil.

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