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Bristol Beaufighter Mk VI Night Fighter


            During the Battle of Britain, when the Germans switched from day time bombing operations to night time attacks in order to reduce unsustainable losses, the British urgently required an effective night time interceptor. They first employed older, obsolete twin engine Blenheim’s that proved ill equipped against faster German aircraft. The more agile and heavily armed Beaufighter was soon adopted with radar and other upgrades to take on the defensive task.
The Beaufighter was well liked by its pilots and was put to use in anti-shipping and bomber operations as well as filling in for night interceptor roles.The model depicted here operated with the RAF 29th Night Fighter Squadron