This new book by naval aviation historian Matthew Willis contains an extensive history and technical description of the Barracuda, drawing from a wide range of archive materials and accounts from the men who flew and operated the aircraft ...
Author: Matthew Willis
The Fairey Barracuda was the first monoplane torpedo bomber operated by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. The Barracuda experienced a difficult birth and development during the Second World War, and this, added to a number of fatal crashes, led to a poor reputation which the aircraft would never truly shake. Despite this, the Barracuda proved highly successful in service, carrying out raids against the Tirpitz, and against Japanese forces in the East Indies that contributed greatly to the war effort. It also undertook a variety of less well known roles, and remained in Fleet Air Arm service into the 1950s. This new book by naval aviation historian Matthew Willis contains an extensive history and technical description of the Barracuda, drawing from a wide range of archive materials and accounts from the men who flew and operated the aircraft in service, together with over 100 photographs, many never before published. Scale plans and color profiles also included.
A Barracuda pilot of the day and colleague of Roy recalled its beginnings: On 7
December 1940 a newly designed ... it lumbered forward and slowly this
prototype of the Royal Navy's newest torpedo bomber, the Fairey Barracuda Mark
Author: Graham Drucker
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
This is the biography of one of the Royal Navys legendary pilots. BF or Daddy as he was known, started his career at Dartmouth and then spent his early seagoing years in Hong Kong, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. His wartime experiences as a Fleet Air pilot aboard HMS Glorious included the historic air strike at Taranto and the search for the Graf Spee. In May 1940 he was loaned to Coastal Command and attacked German Panzer tanks in a biplane, defended Allied troops over Dunkirk and was one of only a few naval officers to fight in the Battle of Britain. After a period as a test pilot at Boscombe Down he became one of only four Wing Leaders in the Royal Navy. His successful leadership lead to many more successes, not least the crippling of Tirpitz as part of a diversionary plan in the lead up to D-Day.He was a superb pilot, loved by all the air and ground crew under his command. His reputation as a fearless and dynamic leader remains a legend today. The book contains detailed and graphic accounts of aerial sorties and strikes throughout the dark days over Nazi Europe. Tragically he was killed in action in July 1944, one week prior to promotion and a job ashore. The book includes many of his letters and extracts from his diary.
Release on 1944 | by United States. Army Air Forces
THE FAIREY BARRACUDA The Fairey Barracuda , the first carrier - borne
torpedo - bomber high - wing monoplane to go into service with the British Navy ,
is of all - metal construction , has a retractable undercarriage and fixed tail wheel
However, the Albacore served with the Swordfish and was retired before it, being
replaced by the Fairey Barracuda and Grumman Avenger monoplane torpedo
bombers. Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Albacore. Albacores were ...
Author: Harold A. Skaarup
This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been flown by members of the Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the present-day Canadian Forces. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active Canadian squadrons both at home and overseas. 100 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to Canadian service aircraft. For those who like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or on display as gate guardians throughout Canada and overseas. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of Canada's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view Canada's Warplane survivors.
the Fairey Barracuda, the Navy insisted on combining in one aircraft the
characteristics of a dive-bomber and torpedo bomber. The enormous combined
dive brakes and flaps certainly aided slow-speed deck landings, but their
Author: Roger Branfill-Cook
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
The torpedo was the greatest single game-changer in the history of naval warfare. For the first time it allowed any small, cheap torpedo-firing vessel and by extension a small, minor navy to threaten the largest and most powerful warships afloat. The
The Fairey Firefly IV Two - seat Naval Reconnaissance Fighter ( Rolls - Royce
Griffon 74 engine ) . The Fairey Barracuda II Torpedo - Bomber ( Rolls - Royce
Merlin 32 engine ) . The Fairey Barracuda III Torpedo - Bomber ( Rolls - Royce ...
Author: Leonard Bridgman
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
Category: Airplanes, Military
"... This edition of "Jane's fighting aircraft" presents photographs, line drawings and data tables for all of the many aircraft types that took part in World War II, including those of Germany, Italy and Japan ..." -- Inside front cover.
The standard Royal Navy TBR aircraft at the time was the Fairey Barracuda II
which had entered service in January 1943 at the same time as the American
Grumman Avenger supplied under Lend/Lease arrangements and deployed to
Author: David Hobbs
Publisher: Pen and Sword
In August 1944 the British Pacific Fleet did not exist. Six months later it was strong enough to launch air attacks on Japanese territory, and by the end of the war it constituted the most powerful force in the history of the Royal Navy, fighting as professional equals alongside the US Navy in the thick of the action. How this was achieved by a nation nearing exhaustion after five years of conflict is a story of epic proportions in which ingenuity, diplomacy and dogged persistence all played a part. As much a political as a technical triumph, the BPF was uniquely complex in its make-up: its C-in-C was responsible to the Admiralty for the general direction of his Fleet; took operational orders from the American Admiral Nimitz; answered to the Government of Australia for the construction and maintenance of a vast base infrastructure, and to other Commonwealth Governments for the ships and men that formed his fully-integrated multi-national fleet.This ground-breaking new work by David Hobbs describes the background, creation and expansion of the BPF from its first tentative strikes, through operations off the coast of Japan to its impact on the immediate post-war period, including the opinions of USN liaison officers attached to the British flagships. The book is the first to demonstrate the real scope and scale of the BPFs impressive achievement.
Owing to the preoccupation of the larger part of the British aircraft industry with
the production of RAF aircraft, the only naval aircraft of indigenous design to see
combat after June 1940 were the Fairey Barracuda and the Fairey Firefly; the ...
Author: J. D. Brown
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Between 1939 and 1945 the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm grew from a small force into a powerful strategic weapon. British carrier-based aircraft fought throughout the world and David Brown here describes their activities in the Home, Mediterranean, Eastern and British Pacific Fleets, together with Forces created for specific operations, listing aircraft and units embarked during the various phases.He goes on to describe carrier operations in the Pacific between 1941 and 1945, the greatest maritime war in history. Both the United States and Imperial Japanese Navies watched the Royal Navy's early carrier operations in the European Theatre and benefited from the lessons. American aircrews and sailors learnt quickly in action until, by March 1945, the United States Fifth Fleet with its associated Marine Corps formations was probably the most efficient and effective instrument of war deployed in the pre-nuclear age.This new work contains material from two volumes, first published in 1968 and 1974, merged with notes for a third which David Brown prepared but never published before his death. They appear for the first time together, providing the most detailed single-volume account currently available of the operation of British, American and Japanese aircraft carriers in World War II.
When it did resume operations of this nature, it was once again saddled with a
strange hybrid, the Fairey Barracuda. The TBF Avenger proved suitable for dive
bombing later in the war, and the Barracuda was designed and built with dive ...
Author: Peter C. Smith
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Details on planes like the German Stuka, the American Dauntless, the Japanese Aichi D3A1 "Val," the Soviet PE-2, and numerous others. Riveting accounts of aerial combat. Includes maps, diagrams, tables, and photos.
At the the crash site, on the very edge of the Peak District, very little remains to be
seen of the weird looking aircraft, the Fairey Barracuda, of which a famous story
is told. It is said that an American general, who was being shown the Barracuda ...
Author: Ron Collier
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The companion volume to Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks 1 carries more of the in-depth stories of aircraft crashes in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District. The history of flying is told by way of the crash sites, where to this day piles of rusting metal still exist.