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The Fairey Swordfish

The Fairey Swordfish would go on to be one of the most successful aircraft of the Second World War but in 1939 it was seen by many as antiquated. The Biplane with canvas covered metal frame came into service in 1936 with the Fleet Air Arm. Pilots used it as a torpedo bomber to attack fleets and later submarines. It quickly acquired the nickname “stringbag” and was involved in the attacks on Taranto and the sinking of the Bismarck.

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