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Fairey Barracuda II (nose section) (DP872)

Fairey Barracuda II (nose section) (DP872)

Built to Spec - S.24/37 by Boulton Paul

14/07/1943 - ready for collection
11/1943 - with 769 NAS at Easthaven
18/01/1944 - undercarriage collapsed whilst taxiing (pilot S/Lt RB Walker RN)
29/08/1944 - took off from Maydown for Easthaven, spun into bog five miles from airfield - Blackhead Moss near Enagh Lough, Waterside, Londonderry. (S/Lt DH Oxby RN, S/Lt FR Dobbie RN and LA DAJ Mew all killed)
1971 - combined team from RNAS Yeovilton and 63 HQ Sqdn RE recovered aircraft and crews remains; wreckage removed to FAAM store at Wroughton; nose section restored by Hampshire Aircraft Services (Viv Bellamy) and put on show in museum


Role - Three seat torpedo and dive bomber

Manufacturers - Fairey Aviation Co, also Blackburn, Boulton Paul and Westland

Power Plant - One 1,640hp Rolls Royce Merlin 32

Wingspan - 49ft 2ins

Length - 39ft 9ins

Height - 15ft 1in

Weight - 14,100lbs max

Max speed - 228mph at 1,750ft

Duration - 1,150 miles with no bombs

Armament - Twin Vickers K guns in rear cockpit, one 1,620lb torpedo, four 450lb depth charges or six 250lb bombs


Other exhibits in this hall

  • Supermarine Seafire F17 (SX137) Supermarine Seafire F17 (SX137)
  • Grumman Hellcat II (KE209) Grumman Hellcat II (KE209)
  • Corsair KD 431 Corsair KD 431
  • North American Harvard III (EX976) North American Harvard III (EX976)
  • Grumman Avenger ECM6B (XB446) Grumman Avenger ECM6B (XB446)
  • Fairey Firefly TT1 (Z2033) Fairey Firefly TT1 (Z2033)
  • Grumman Martlet AL246 Grumman Martlet AL246
  • Fairey Fulmar (N1854) Fairey Fulmar (N1854)
  • Fairey Swordfish II (HS618) Fairey Swordfish II (HS618)
  • Focke Achgelis FA330A-1 (100545) Focke Achgelis FA330A-1 (100545)
  • Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493) Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493)
  • Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (WJ231) Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (WJ231)
  • LIM2 (MIG 15 copy) (01420/G-BMZF) LIM2 (MIG 15 copy) (01420/G-BMZF)

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