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    Posted: July 05 2010 at 12:57pm
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She was armed with two Two (7.7-mm) (.303 in) machine guns and one Torpedo
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They say that when they attacked the Bismark the German AA gunners were unable to hit them because they didn't believe that an attack aircraft could fly so slow.
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The Germans couldn't depress their guns enough?
And, do we know what type of .303 in guns on the plane?
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http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Aircraft/Swordfish.htm

 

Mk I 3x227kg bombs or 730kg torpedo 
2x7.69mm guns 
Mk II 2 7,7 mm mg.

up to 680 kg of bombs or 1 torpedo.  


One fixed Browing machine gun forward and one Lewis 'K' gun rear.

One 18" 1,610 lb torpedo or one 1,500 lb mine below the fuselage.

Two 250 lb bombs below the wings or two 500 lb bombs under the wings.

MK.II could carry eight 60 lb rockets below the wings

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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Shamu only the MK.II Swordfishes that were fitted with metal on the bottom of their wings could carry the rockets
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They mention that in the detailed text at the link, but I didn't want to clog up the server with all the info so I just posted from the specs page.
It makes sense not firing a rocket right next to a doped piece of fabric though.
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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I concur Shamu,

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A couple of weeks ago I was at the BA factory at Brough (East Yorks) and just happened to be in a small workshop where they restored a Swordfish.  On one of the walls was a large peice of canvas taken from underneath the wing (The rondel was still on it), on this canvas, written in pencil was a name written by a Scottish girl when she had repaired the aircraft's wing during the war.  Next to this was a photograph of the same 'girl' 60 years later after they had traced her.
 
I'm sure the story will be somewhere on the internet.
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Interesting DRC can you get us some pictures next time you go by there?
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Sorry. Cameras are not allowed.
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was reffered to as a "string-bag" I understand.Fleet Air Arm knew they were obsolete during Bismarck era-but had nothing to replace it with.(Fleet air arm was always poor cousin,till after Bismarck incident.)
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Cookie Monster, I hope you got those pics regarding the restored Swordfish.  At the weekend I found my father's old wartime photo's - used to steal recon film stock and cut it down.  There's a huge collection of action shots taken in N.Africa, Tobruk and Italy.  There's a few of Swordfish in 1938.  I'm going to scan them before they fade completely, if you would like I'll send you the aircraft ones.  The funny thing is, that in over 300 photo's there isn't one with a Lee Enfield in it.
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DRC did get them and Thank you, 
 
 I'm sure there was an Enfield stuffed in one of those cockpits !!
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Well the sinking of bismark wasnt the only success of the swordfish they were also used to great success against italy there navy base at Taranto was bombed and their fleet torpedoed at their moorings and it also gave the japs the idea for pearl harbour.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taranto#section_2
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There might have been a Enfield there, a revolver, maybe?
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