The Fairey ‘Swordfish’ was considered antiquated from the moment it entered military service in the 1930s. Still, it was Britain’s main torpedo-bomber at the start of WWII.
- Despite its limitations, the carrier-based aircraft amassed an impressive combat record.
- In May 1941, sixteen Swordfish helped pursue and attack the Bismarck—Germany’s ultra-modern battleship.
- The Swordfish also made the Fleet Air Army’s first U-boat kill of the Second World War.
- The last front-line squadron wasn’t disbanded until May, 1945, two weeks after the war in Europe ended.