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Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War: Fairey Fulmar and Fairey Barracuda

Fairey Fulmar and Fairey Barracuda

Data current to 4 June 2020.

 (RN Photo)

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

 (TSRL Photo)

Fairey Fulmar (Serial No. N1854).  This was the first Fulmar to be flown (on 4 January 1940) was later modified to Mk. II standard and then civilianised as Fairey's hack, G-AIBE.  In June 1959 it reverted to Service markings and is pictured here at Farnborough at the SBAC show on 8 September 1962.  Its last flight was three month later on 18 December 1962.  It is now in the FAA museum at Yeovilton and is the only surviving airframe.

 (IWM Phto, A 20180)

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.  None are preserved in Canada.

 (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.

 (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 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.