Yeah, The biplane design was great as it allowed short takeoffs, which are very important on a carrier. ALso, the Swordfish flew so slowly, that when it attacked the Bismarck, the german fire-control predictors fired way out in front, where the shrapnel was harmless. PLus, it was so agile that the Bf-109 often had trouble shooting down one when it had dropped its torpedo.
It did happen. Look at it this way; the Bf-109F had a top speed around 382 mph at altitude, while the Swordfish could reach 142 mph with a torpedo. With a speed difference that great, the 109s had little time to fire before they were forced to pull away and try again. Also, the Swordfish, being a biplane, could out-turn the 109 at any speed, and could sustain flight below 60 knots without stalling, making it very difficult to shoot down.
The Book'To war in a stringbag',wow,can't recall the authors name yet.His accounts as a Swordfish pilot in RN at start of war up thru internment in '42 after crashing in vichy Fr Tunisia.Great info on RN carrier ops in the Med in the Really rough years trying to support Malta garrison .His account of dropping flares over Taranto Harbor during Raid and operating for a while out of crete before his squadron was forced to evac to Egypt before German attack.