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Canadian Warplanes 3: Fairey Barracuda

Fairey Barracuda

Data current to 23 Feb 2021.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4948345)

Fairey Barracudas on a bombing run.   Flown by RCN and RCNVR pilots in service with the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy.

Fairey Barracuda Mk. II.   Canadians serving with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm flew these during the Second World War.  On 24 January 1946, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) took delivery of 12 radar-equipped Barracuda Mk. II aircraft; this was a Canadian designation, in British service these aircraft were referred to as the Barracuda Mk. III.  The first acquired aircraft were assigned to the newly-formed No. 825 Squdron aboard the aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior.  The majority of Canadian aircraft mechanics had served during the war and had been deployed on numerous British aircraft carriers, notably HMS Puncher and HMS Nabob which, along with some Canadian pilots, the RCN crewed and operated on behalf of the RN.  During 1948, HMCS Warrior was paid off and returned to Britain along with the Barracuda aircraft.  Two Fairey Barracuda Mk. II (Serial No. DP872), and (Serial No. LS931), are in storage with the  Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

There is one Fairey Barracuda Mk. II (Serial No. DP872), survivor in storage at Cobham Hall, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

 (IWM Photo, A20180)

Fairey Barracuda Mk. II carrying an 18-inch (46 cm) aerial torpedo.  The ASV radar "Yagi" antennae are visible above the wings.  Flown by RCN and RCNVR pilots in service with the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy. 

 (IWM Photo, A28847)

Fairey Barracuda Mk. II, No. 814 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm (FAA), over HMS Venerable and the Italian destroyer Alfredo Oriani, 1 May 1945.

 (IWM Photo, A 28846)

Fairey Barracuda II aircraft of No. 814 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm banking, showing clearly the observer's blister, the distinctive dive brakes, the high tail plane, and (below the blister) one of the lugs in which the accelerator/catapult engages.  Photograph taken from the aircraft carrier HMS Venerable (R63).  Flown by RCN and RCNVR pilots in service with the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy.

 (IWM Photo 25086)

Fairey Barracuda of 820 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Indefatigable Flown by RCN and RCNVR pilots in service with the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy. 

 (RN Photo)

Fairey Barracuda.   Flown by RCN and RCNVR pilots in service with the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy.