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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Fairey Albacore, Fulmar, Barracuda and Battle

Fairey Albacore, Fulmar, Barracuda and Battle in the United Kingdom

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in the United Kingdom would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com. 

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the UK, including captured German and Japanese warplanes, are listed on separate pages on this web site.

Data current to 4 June 2020.

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom by aircraft type, serial number, registration number and location:

Fairey Albacore, Fairey Fulmar, Fairey Barracuda and Fairey Battle

 

Fairey Albacore being bombed up, HMS Formidable, Nov 1942.  (IWM Photo TR 287)

 Fairey Albacore, Royal Navy, ca 1942.  (Royal Navy Photo)

 (Ian Kirk Photo)

 (Rodw Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Fairey Albacore (Serial No. N4389), 4M, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

 (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.

 (Alan Wilson Photos) 

 (Rodw Photo)

 (Roland Turner Photos)

Fairey Fulmar (Serial No. N1854), Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

 (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. 

 (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).

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

Fairey Barracudas on a bombing run.

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

 (IWM Photo 25086)

Fairey Barracuda of 820 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Indefatigable

 (RN Photo)

Fairey Barracuda.

Fairey Barracuda Mk. II (Serial No. LS931), in storage, Cobham Hall, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

 

Fairey Battle (Serial No. K7650), 63-M, 63 Sqn, RAF Benson, Nov 1939.  (RAF Photo)

 

Fairey Battle, No. 218 Squadron over France, ca 1940.  (IWM Photo C447)

Fairey Battle (Serial No. L5343 is displayed at the Royal Air Force Museum London, Hendon.  In July 1940, it was with No. 98 RAF Squadron, based at Kaldadarnes, Iceland for anti-invasion operations supporting British forces. L5343 was the first RAF aircraft to land on Icelandic soil, and crashed during subsequent operations. In 1972, the RAF recovered the wreck for restoration, which was completed at the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre of the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire.