Attack on a ship

Mike is looking through his father’s album.

He found this picture…

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Mike said it was a Beaufighter attacking a ship.

If this picture was taken by his father, then it can’t be a Beaufighter since No. 23 Squadron never flew on Beaufighters…

I did a little montage with a Beaufighter…

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With a Mosquito…

 

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What do you think?

5 thoughts on “Attack on a ship

  1. The picture of the bomb just missing the ship is amazing.

    Your montages Pierre help to understand the differences between the two aircrafts. But to tell you the truth I’m not sure which rear wing we are seeing.

    By the way where is the camera looked on these planes? Would this be the wing taken by the camera of the plane that dropped the bomb or would another plane have taken the rear wing of the plane with “its” ship it the background?

    As you can see I don’t know much about this stuff.

  2. My guess is that Mike’s father had this photo in his collection, but it did not portray an attack by him. I’m sure that in the Middle East, Beaufighters took a very active part in shipping strikes, as my friend Howard Wainman would concur. The apparent horizontal stabilizer, and elevator shown, appears to me to be a Beaufighter, or a Beaufort, rather than a Mosquito. A sharper more well defined image, may make it more conclusive. I have seen Beauifighter footage in this kind of action.

  3. One thing that strikes me is that the airman who took that picture can’t be a Mosquito navigator since he was sitting lower than the pilot…

    Also the pilot would not be able to take a picture since he was flying the plane.

    It has to be a Beaufighter. I would doubt a Beaufort would be in that theater of operation during that period, but I could be wrong.

    Pierre

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