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A good job ! by Bidass A good job ! by Bidass
A Sworsfish bombing a destroyer type 1936a of the kriegsmarine
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
wtf!? they still used biplanes in WWII?
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
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. 
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
a 1938 plane unable to shoot down a 1921 plane? yeah right
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
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.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
seems legit
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idislikecake Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stringbag!
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
A Swordfish torpedo-bomber jammed the rudders of the Bismarck cruiser. And the pilot was, if I'm not mistaken, Irish.
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Not quite. John Moffat was a Scotsman, but he learnt how to fly in Ireland.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Damn. The fellow is still among us ! He's 94 years old, but he's there.
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Gosh, I didn't know that. I read his book "I sank the Bismarck" but didn't realise he was still about.
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