Beaufighter Anti-Shipping Strike

Wildcat

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I've just come across these awesome photo's showing 455 Squadron RAAF on anti-shipping strike's against German ships somewhere near Norway (I think). Check em out!
 

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Those are some wild pics wildcat they put the wind up me just looking at them those little coastal vessels must have looked like sieves after that lot
 

Aggie08

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Texas
Man those beau's sure have a punch to 'em. Sort of like the later model B-25's (except the J) that had the glass noses replaced with oodles of guns- I can only imagine what it feels like to be on either end of such firepower.
 

davidnzl

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Apr 5, 2007
Almost right re your photo credits - the second one down was taken by a 489 NZ Squadron navigator - Paul Gifford - He is still alive and well in UK. For more info, you my wish to look at a couple of logbooks and more photos on BURROWES.ORG
 

k9kiwi

Staff Sergeant
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Jul 2, 2006
Kiwi Land
I have a book around here somewhere with tactics etc used during those wing strikes, I will dig it out and throw some info up later.
 

Maharg

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Nice pics Wildcat. There is a book out there I read a few years ago about 455 Squadron, A very interesting read.
 

SteveH

Airman
Are there any other books on RAAF Beau's? I have 'Whispering Death'. I was planning on doing a painting of a 30Sqd (I think) attack on Rufes at Taberfane, and I'm looking for some location aerials...

Cheers,

Steve
 

Downwind.Maddl-Land

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Aug 29, 2007
York, England
Just shows what a Beau can do!
8x .303 Brownings, 4x20mm Hispanos and either 8 RPs or a torpedo

Just a minor correction ('cos people do use sites like this as a reference authority): the Beau was kitted out with 6 x .303s (2 port, 4 starboard wing) although Australian Mk 21s had 4 x .50s in the wings (now that really would make your eyes water!). However, I understand that most Coastal Command Beaus had long-range tanks fitted in the gun bays (24 gals port, 50 gals starboard) and this was the ‘default’ when 8 Rocket Projectiles were carried; it was probably felt that anything more that 4 x 20mm Hispanos and 8 RPs just wouldn’t be cricket!

Not trying to ‘scores points’ Mosquitoman, just trying to stop people going away with the wrongs facts; please understand.:occasion5:
 

Wildcat

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Are there any other books on RAAF Beau's? I have 'Whispering Death'. I was planning on doing a painting of a 30Sqd (I think) attack on Rufes at Taberfane, and I'm looking for some location aerials...

Cheers,

Steve

Steve's theres a book called "Coomalie Charlie's Commandos" about 31 sqn which was the unit involved in the strikes on the float plane base at Taberfane. Might be worth checking out.
 

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