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Fairey Swordfish

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (Shearwater Aviation Museum Photo)
Fairey Swordfish in flight ca. 1941

The Fairey Swordfish is a biplane torpedo bomber designed by the Fairey Aviation Company. Originating in the early 1930s, the Swordfish, nicknamed "Stringbag", was operated by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, it was also used by the Royal Air Force (RAF), as well as several overseas operators, including the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Royal Netherlands Navy. It was initially operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft. During its later years, the Swordfish became increasingly used as an anti-submarine and training platform. The type was in frontline service throughout the Second World War.

Despite being obsolete by 1939, the Swordfish achieved some spectacular successes during the war. Notable events included sinking one battleship and damaging two others of the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy) during the Battle of Taranto, and the famous attack on the Bismarck, which contributed to her eventual demise. By the end of the war, the Swordfish held the distinction of having caused the destruction of a greater tonnage of Axis shipping than any other Allied aircraft. The Swordfish remained in front-line service until V-E Day, having outlived multiple aircraft that had been intended to replace it in service.

The Fairey Swordfish was a medium-sized biplane torpedo bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. The Swordfish employed a metal airframe covered in fabric. It utilized folding wings as a space-saving measure, which was useful onboard aircraft carriers and battleships. In service, it received the nickname Stringbag; this was not due to its biplane struts, spars, and braces, but a reference to the seemingly endless variety of stores and equipment that the type was cleared to carry. Crews likened the aircraft to a housewife's string shopping bag, common at the time and which could accommodate contents of any shape, and that a Swordfish, like the shopping bag, could carry anything.

The primary weapon of the Swordfish was the aerial torpedo, but the low speed of the biplane and the need for a long straight approach made it difficult to deliver against well-defended targets. Swordfish torpedo doctrine called for an approach at 5,000 feet (1,500 m) followed by a dive to torpedo release altitude of 18 feet (5.5 m). Maximum range of the early Mark XII torpedo was 1,500 yards (1,400 m) at 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph) and 3,500 yards (3,200 m) at 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph). The torpedo travelled 200 feet (61 m) forward from release to water impact, and required another 300 yards (270 m) to stabilise at preset depth and arm itself. Ideal release distance was 1,000 yards (910 m) from target if the Swordfish survived to that distance.

The Swordfish was also capable of operating as a dive-bomber. During 1939, Swordfish on board HMS Glorious participated in a series of dive-bombing trials, during which 439 practice bombs were dropped at dive angles of 60, 67 and 70 degrees, against the target ship HMS Centurion. Tests against a stationary target showed an average error of 49 yd (45 m) from a release height of 1,300 ft (400 m) and a dive angle of 70 degrees; tests against a manoeuvring target showed an average error of 44 yd (40 m) from a drop height of 1,800 ft (550 m) and a dive angle of 60 degrees.

After more modern torpedo attack aircraft were developed, the Swordfish was soon redeployed successfully in an anti-submarine role, armed with depth charges or eight "60 lb" (27 kg) RP-3 rockets and flying from the smaller escort carriers, or even merchant aircraft carriers (MACs) when equipped for rocket-assisted takeoff (RATO). Its low stall speed and inherently tough design made it ideal for operation from the MACs in the often severe mid-Atlantic weather. Indeed, its takeoff and landing speeds were so low that, unlike most carrier-based aircraft, it did not require the carrier to be steaming into the wind. On occasion, when the wind was right, Swordfish were flown from a carrier at anchor. Wikipedia

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
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last update: 2021-09-16 20:52:04

Swordfish DK698

s/n
 DK698

Known Squadron Assignments:

Used post war at Dartmouth, NS. Delivered to west coast on deck of HMCS Warrior in December 1946, for use as a training aid at HMCS Discovery, in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. This made it the only RCN Swordfish to be on board an RCN carrier. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 531

Swordfish DK699

s/n
 DK699

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-November-03 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 531

Swordfish DK752

s/n
 DK752

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-October-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-November-25 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Lake George Names: Barton | Burrows | Fraser | Henderson
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 531

Swordfish DK774

s/n
 DK774

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1947-July-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 531

Swordfish HS168

s/n
 HS168

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1944-April-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS171

s/n
 HS171

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS196

s/n
 HS196

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-28 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS209

s/n
 HS209

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1945-February-02 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Burns | Canty | Spinney | Watkins
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS220

s/n
 HS220

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School at East Camp, RCAF Station Yarmouth, NS. Crash landed after engine failure on takeoff on 9 November 1944, coming down in Yarmouth Army Camp. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-November-03 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-November-09 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Yarmouth Aerodrome Names: Thompson | Thomson | Wilson
   1944-November-29 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS260

s/n
 HS260

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-May-24 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Buckley | Clulee | Randall | Williams
1943-November-27 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Names: Day | Staniforth
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS261

s/n
 HS261

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-May-02 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Yarmouth Names: Dwyer | Hill | Mclaurin
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS263

s/n
 HS263

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-May-24 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Buckley | Clulee | Randall | Williams
1944-November-17 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Yarmouth Aerodrome Names: Barr
   1946-August-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS264

s/n
 HS264

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 573

Swordfish HS265

s/n
 HS265

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS266

s/n
 HS266

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS268

s/n
 HS268

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School at East Camp, RCAF Station Yarmouth, NS, coded "H". last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS275

s/n
 HS275

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-January-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS288

s/n
 HS288

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS320

s/n
 HS320

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-January-07 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Yarmouth Nova Scotia Names: King
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS322

s/n
 HS322

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-April-08 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Yarmouth Nova Scotia Names: Rowe
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS323

s/n
 HS323

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-November-08 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names:
1945-January-31 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Wolfville Nova Scotia Names: Fisher | Plumridge
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS324

s/n
 HS324

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-November-25 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Lake George Names: Barton | Burrows | Fraser | Henderson
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS325

s/n
 HS325

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School at East Camp, RCAF Station Yarmouth, NS, coded "Q". last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-19 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-January-11 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Graystone | Hellings
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS335

s/n
 HS335

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-19 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-June-10 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Lunt | Marsh | Mason | Williams
   1946-August-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS336

s/n
 HS336

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-May-15 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Indian Field Ohio Names: Harries | Sanders
   1944-July-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS337

s/n
 HS337

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-19 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-October-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS339

s/n
 HS339

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS343

s/n
 HS343

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-September-18 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Doyle | Glanfield | Hayes | Rea | Wadman
1944-October-16 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Weymouth Nova Scotia Names: Rhymer
   1944-November-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS381

s/n
 HS381

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-October-16 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS383

s/n
 HS383

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-18 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-August-22 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Bradley | Keyworth
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS396

s/n
 HS396

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-19 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS397

s/n
 HS397

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-19 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-October-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS398

s/n
 HS398

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-19 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-August-07 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: St John New Brunswick Names: Irwin | Kitchen
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS399

s/n
 HS399

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-December-15 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS400

s/n
 HS400

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS401

s/n
 HS401

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-October-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS402

s/n
 HS402

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS403

s/n
 HS403

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS404

s/n
 HS404

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-September-27 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Wedgeport Names: Dicks | Elms | Hobbs
   1944-February-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS405

s/n
 HS405

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-October-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS455

s/n
 HS455

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-November-05 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS464

s/n
 HS464

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-May-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS465

s/n
 HS465

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-August-03 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-May-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS466

s/n
 HS466

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS467

s/n
 HS467

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-August-22 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Bradley | Keyworth
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS468

s/n
 HS468

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-August-03 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS469

s/n
 HS469
c/n
 FB3S‑126A
c/r
 C‑GRCN

Known Squadron Assignments:

Operated by RN in Canada, at HMS Seaborn (co-located with RCAF Station Shearwater) by 745 Squadron, on behalf of the No. 1 Naval Telegraphist Air Gunner School. Converted to Mk. IV, with enclosed cockpit, while there. Transferred to RCN on 2 August 1945. May have been operated by 743 Fleet Requirements Unit. Sold as scrap, probably to farm near Tillsonberg. Purchased in early 1980s, under went long restoration. First flight in April 1994, at CFB Shearwater. Registered to Department of National Defense since 19 September 1994 as C-GRCN. On display at Shearwater Aviation Museum, near Halifax, NS in 2006, in RCN markings. Registration cancelled in May 2010. Still on display at this Museum in 2012. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-August-08 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Shean | Tipney
   1945-August-02 Ownership Transferred Transferred to RCN 2019-08-20
   1946-August-17 Sold as Surplus Sold as scrap 2019-08-20
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS470

s/n
 HS470

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-31 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-September-28 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Darling Lake Names: Dungan | Filandus | Pitts
   1944-February-28 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS471

s/n
 HS471

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-October-16 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Weymouth Nova Scotia Names: Holding
   1945-October-24 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS484

s/n
 HS484

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-07 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-June-10 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Lunt | Marsh | Mason | Williams
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS485

s/n
 HS485

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-07 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS486

s/n
 HS486

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School at East Camp, RCAF Station Yarmouth, NS. Forced landing on beach at Cotton Bay, near Lockeport, NS on 26 June 1943, first reported accident with this School. Repaired on site, and flown out. Writteon off after forced landing on 28 January 1945. Cause was engine failure resulting from mis-assembled fuel cock. Crashed near New France, Southville, NS. Last reported accident with this School. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-07 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1945-January-28 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Paul Maheux Mills New France Southville Names: Glegg | Jackson | Joss
   1946-February-26 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS487

s/n
 HS487

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School at East Camp, RCAF Station Yarmouth, NS, coded "F3". Written off in forced landing on 16 October 1944. Resulted from engine faiilure caused by excessive use of boost in a steep turn. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-October-16 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Lawrencetown Nova Scotia Names: Joss | Sinyward
   1944-November-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS488

s/n
 HS488

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS489

s/n
 HS489

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-October-06 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Dartmouth Names: Andrews | Hugff
   1946-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS490

s/n
 HS490

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-07 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-October-06 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Dartmouth Names: Andrews | Hugff
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS491

s/n
 HS491

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-February-07 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Weymouth Nova Scotia Names: Harries | Henderson
   1946-August-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS492

s/n
 HS492

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-November-01 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-December-21 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Port Maitland Names: Martini | Thurlow
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS493

s/n
 HS493

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS494

s/n
 HS494

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS495

s/n
 HS495

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-February-26 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Ricker Lake Names: Silk | Surfleet
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS496

s/n
 HS496

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS497

s/n
 HS497

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-October-06 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Allen | Hart | McCuish | Weale | Wellsted | Winder
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS498

s/n
 HS498

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS499

s/n
 HS499

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-March-06 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Yarmouth Main Aerodrome Names: Bradley | Swift
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS500

s/n
 HS500

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-November-02 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Plymouth Yarmouth Co Nova Scotia Names: Brown | King | Limb
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS501

s/n
 HS501

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-October-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS503

s/n
 HS503

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS507

s/n
 HS507

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-08 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-31 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS509

s/n
 HS509

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-08 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-January-28 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Kentville Nova Scotia Names: Harris | Payne
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS510

s/n
 HS510

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-September-18 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Doyle | Glanfield | Hayes | Rea | Wadman
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS511

s/n
 HS511

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-June-08 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Comeauville Names: Sherback
   1944-July-29 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS512

s/n
 HS512

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-08 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-April-22 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Lingwood
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS513

s/n
 HS513

Known Squadron Assignments:

Delivered to FAA on 2 March 1943. Shipped new to Dartmouth, assembled and first flown on 21 June 1943. Used by No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School at RCAF Station Yarmouth, NS, coded "R2". last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-08 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS514

s/n
 HS514

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS515

s/n
 HS515

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-29 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 574

Swordfish HS517

s/n
 HS517

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-29 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS518

s/n
 HS518

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-29 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-October-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS519

s/n
 HS519

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-29 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-September-13 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Bridgewater Nova Scotia Names: Hobbs | Staniforth
1943-October-22 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Tusket Names: Burrows | Perkins
   1944-February-28 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS533

s/n
 HS533

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-29 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1943-October-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS534

s/n
 HS534

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-08 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS553

s/n
 HS553

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-07 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS554

s/n
 HS554
c/n
 F/BS35270A
c/r
 C‑GEVS

Known Squadron Assignments:

To civil register as C-GEVS. Under restoration at Canada Wings in April 2008. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS555

s/n
 HS555

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS560

s/n
 HS560

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS582

s/n
 HS582

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-June-14 Accident: 1 Naval Air Gunnery School Loc: Yarmouth Names: Martini
   1946-September-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish HS663

s/n
 HS663

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1944-June-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 575

Swordfish L2839

s/n
 L2839

Known Squadron Assignments: ;767

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-13 KIA RCNVR Lieutenant John Leonard Scudamore Cunningham 2024-05-30

Swordfish LS193

s/n
 LS193

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish LS229

s/n
 LS229

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1948-October-01 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE926

s/n
 NE926

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1948-November-01 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE927

s/n
 NE927

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-June-16 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE929

s/n
 NE929

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1948-November-01 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE937

s/n
 NE937

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1947-July-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE938

s/n
 NE938

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE940

s/n
 NE940

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1947-July-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE942

s/n
 NE942

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1947-July-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NE943

s/n
 NE943

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NF136

s/n
 NF136

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1948-November-01 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NF161

s/n
 NF161

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NR944

s/n
 NR944

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NR948

s/n
 NR948

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ferried to the west for use as a training aid at reserve units, in probably the last RCN Swordfish formation flight, in 1946(?). last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NR953

s/n
 NR953

Known Squadron Assignments:

Operated by Air Component Training at Shearwater, from 20 March 1946 until struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength RCN 2020-09-28
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2020-09-28
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NS122

s/n
 NS122

Known Squadron Assignments:

Built in July 1944, for the RN. Probably used at RN training facility at Yarmouth, NS before transfer to RCN. Probably used by No. 743 (FR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS. Carried overall aluminum painted finish while at Dartmouth, coded "TH*M". The aircraft in the Canada Aviation Museum displaying this serial is actually built up from parts of several of Ernie Simmons' aircraft, original serials unknown. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength RCN 2020-09-28
   1948-November-01 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NS129

s/n
 NS129

Known Squadron Assignments:

Used post war as a training aid at HMCS Star, the reserve facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Ferried to the west, in probably the last RCN Swordfiush formation flight, in 1946(?). last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish NS171

s/n
 NS171

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ferried to the west for use as a training aid at reserve units, in probably the last RCN Swordfiush formation flight, in 1946(?). last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-March-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-March-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Swordfish P4270

s/n
 P4270

Known Squadron Assignments: ;824

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-January-14 KIA RN FAA Lieutenant Donald Roderick Hoar 2022-12-13

Swordfish W5856

s/n
 W5856
c/r
 G‑BMGC

Known Squadron Assignments:

Used by No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School at RCAF Station Yarmouth, NS. Returned to the UK after the war, where it survived for many years with the Royal Navy Historical Flight, registered as G-BMGC. Now (2023), with Flight's successor, Navy Wings which is the public facing side of the Fly Heritage Trust that today operates the aircraft.
W5856 is based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. (source FlyPast Magazine March 2024). last update: 2024-February-24
   1944-December-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-August-21 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 509

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