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ROCKET FIRING FAIREY SWORDFISH. 1 AUGUST 1944, ST MERRYN ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATION. PRACTICE WITH AN OPERATIONAL SQUADRON OF ROCKET PROJECTILE FAIREY SWORDFISH, COMMANDED BY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER P SNOW, RN. / Fairey Swordfish crews discuss details before making a patrol. © IWM (A 24981)

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The Fairey Swordfish biplane appeared obsolete but scored many notable torpedo hits during the war. The most powerful battleship yet built was among the victims.

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PREPARING FAIREY SWORDFISH FOR TORPEDO DROPPING EXERCISES. HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, 20 OCTOBER 1942./ A torpedo being wheeled into positon under a Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bomber. © IWM (A 12873)

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The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo bomber built by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during World War II.