Fairey Swordfish


The Swordfish was a slow-moving anachronism in WW2, but the Italian Navy was even slower while anchored in the port of Taranto and the Swordfish became famous for launching a devastating night attack there that sent the Regia Marine slinking away to quieter waters. They also torpedoed a large number of German ships, some French ships and even one British ship (oops) during their busy and improbable military career. The Japanese were so impressed by the Swordfish raid on Taranto that they decided to launch their own torpedo attack on a fleet in harbor...Pearl Harbor.

Cool stuff for Swordfish lovers:

To War in a Stringbag is a rare narrative of the wartime exploits of a Swordfish pilot.

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