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anemone
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Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/3/2017 10:47:08 AM
Fast, robust, and able to carry a wide and heavy range of armaments, the Bristol Beaufighter proved to be one of the most successful British-designed strike aircraft of the Second World War.

Designed originally as a long-range fighter, it was derived from the Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber and shared many common components. It entered service with Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) in September 1940 and was initially employed in its intended role during daylight hours.

Much used by the RAAF overseas


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anemone
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Re: Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/3/2017 2:08:42 PM
The Beaufighter arrived at squadrons in Asia and the Pacific in mid-1942. It has often been said—although it was originally a piece of RAF whimsy quickly taken up by a British journalist—that Japanese soldiers referred to the Beaufighter as "whispering death", supposedly because attacking aircraft often were not heard (or seen) until it was too late.


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Michigan Dave
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Re: Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/3/2017 2:22:54 PM
Jim,

Whispering death, indeed!

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redcoat
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Re: Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/3/2017 3:57:21 PM
I have a family connection to this aircraft, my grandmother worked in an aircraft factory that made them.

James W.
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Re: Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/4/2017 6:57:17 PM
Too bad a few Strike-Wings of Beaufighters were not on hand in Malaya in December 1941..

On a technical note, the majority of Beaufighters were powered by Bristol's own 'Hercules' sleeve-valve radial, newly developed as
a highly efficient aero-engine which produced markedly less noise & flame than poppet-valve types, an advantage for day & night ops..

anemone
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Re: Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/5/2017 3:46:48 AM
The Beaufighter was originally identified as a suitable type for the RAAF, and an order was placed in 1939, but owing to the demands placed on British aircraft production in the early years of the war, the first examples did not arrive in Australia until March 1942.

In total, 5,584 Beaufighters were built between 1939 and 1946, including 365 built by the Department of Aircraft Production in Australia; 581 served with RAAF squadrons in Australia and the South-West Pacific. The last Australian Beaufighter was retired from service in 1957.

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James W.
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Re: Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/5/2017 4:03:08 AM
Believe it or not, production of the Spitfire by Supermarine was due to be ceased in favour of the Beaufighter,
per planning - once the Tornado/Typhoon had taken over the prime single-engine fighter role..

This never happened, as we know - it was partly due to the thick wings of those aircraft slated as replacements , never allowing the design speeds,
( Beaufighter was predicted to be capable of ~370 mph) & also due to the very limited production by the British - of really high-power aero-engines..

anemone
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Re: Bristol Beaufighter-the Whispering Death of WW2
Posted on: 3/5/2017 4:44:25 AM
The Beau was relegated to RAF Coastal Command with the advent of the multi talented DH Mosquito-however the Beau did sterling service in Burma in the RAAF Squadrons.


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