Defiant, Blenheim and Havoc Aces

Defiant, Blenheim and Havoc Aces cover

Defiant, Blenheim and Havoc Aces

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The Blenheim IF flew some of Fighter Command's early offensive operations, and the type soon proved vulnerable when pitted against single-seat fighters. However, for much of 1940 the Blenheim fighter squadrons provided the RAF's main long-range convoy escort and nightfighter capability. In the mid-1930s, in an attempt to capitalise on its expertise in power-operated gun turrets, the Boulton Paul Company developed the Defiant, a single-engined fighter in which all the armament was concentrated in the turret behind the pilot. Intended as a 'bomber destroyer', the Defiant had its combat debut over Dunkirk, and initially achieved some considerable success. A number of American-built aircraft called Douglas DB-7 light bombers (named Havoc by the RAF), were fitted with radar for nightfighter duties and others successfully replaced the Blenheim as night intruders. A total of 11 pilots claimed five or more victories when flying these three types to become aces, whilst no fewer than 33 who became aces claimed at least part of their scores when flying the Blenheim, Defiant or Havoc.

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Early Day Operations /Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain /Early Night Operations /Overseas Operations /Valediction /Appendices (- Blenheim, Defiant & Havoc Aces - Aces with some Blenheim, Defiant & Havoc claims - Aces that flew Blenheim, Defiant & Havoc but made no claims - Colour Plates Commentary)

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Published 20 Jun 2012
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781849086660
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 91 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 105
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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