terça-feira, 29 de novembro de 2022

AEROTRANSTORNADOS Nº60 - Bristol Beaufighter


Bristol Beaufighter Mk.X (1945 – 1946)

 

a/c arrived between 13 and 28 March 1945, except for BF-17 a TF.X with radar, arrived in 1946 as replacement for BF-7 for Esquadrilha B, of  the Forças Aéreas da Armada

 

AN    

c/n

s/n

Remarks

BF-1

 

RD134

1945.03.13 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-2    

 

RD148

1945.03.13 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled; 

BF-3

 

RD173

1945.03.13 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-4

 

RD189

1945.03.13 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-5

 

RD197

1945.03.13 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-6

 

RD199

1945.03.13 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-7

 

RD206

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1945.10.22 - w/o during mission to S.Jacinto suffered an engine malfunction and while the pilot was atempting an emergency landing on the beach (near Torreira), the a/c broke in half and caught fire (3k);

BF-8

 

RD209

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.; 

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-9

 

RD216

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.; 

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-10


RD220

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu; 

1950's - to Instituto Superior Técnico - l/n 1965

1965 - noted  DGMFA Alverca open storage -l/n1967;

1983.05.27 - arr. SAfrica for restoratin for South African Air Force Museum ;

2000 - sold to to  National Museum of Flight, East Fortune (£ 190,000) - arr. NMF 12.12.2000;

2013.10.09 - noted under restoration;

2014.03.02 - noted under restoration;

2022.05 - n/n said to be in restoration;

BF-11

 

RD250

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-12

 

RD252

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled; 

BF-13

 

RD253

1944.10 - b/y

1945.03.22 ? - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.;

1949 - fleet wfu;

1950's - to Instituto Superior Técnico - l/n 1965

1965 - to DGMFA Alverca open storage;

1965.07 - offered to RAFMuseum;

1967.02 - started restoration at St. Athan, Wales;

1968 - noted restored at RAF Colerne Air Display;

1971.03.15 -  f/n displayed at RAF Museum/Hendon - l/n 8Sept2022;

BF-14

 

RD261

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.; 

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-15

                 

RD319

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.; 

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-16

 

RD320

1945.03.28 - arr. Lisbon for Esq.B - F.A.A.; 

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

BF-17

 

RD862

1946.04.26 - arr. to replace the BF-7 lost in accident;

a/c equipped with a Mk.VIII radar nose

1949 - a/c logged the last fllight of the fleet;

1949 - fleet wfu and dismantled;

 














Acknowledgement: Fernando Moreira, António Conceição e Silva, Andy Marden, 


References:

Adelino Cardoso, in "Aeronaves Militares Portuguesas do Século XX"
Carlos Guereiro, in book "Aterrem em Portugal!" and "Portugal 1939-1945" website
Filipe Conceição e Silva, in "Bullfighters"
Mário Canongia Lopes, in "Os Aviões da Cruz de Cristo", "Spitfires e Hurricanes em Portugal", 
"Les Blenheim et Beaufighter au Portugal 1941-1949" in Avions no.117 December 2002;
Viriato Tadeu, in "Quando a Marinha tinha asas..."

Aditional references:

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/collections/74-A-13-Beaufighter-X-RD253.pdf

https://toylandhobbymodelingmagazine.com/category/scheme-b-bristol-beaufighter-tf-mk-x-squadrilia-b-aviacao-maritima-portela-de-sacavem-lisbon-portugal-1946/

https://acesflyinghigh.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/the-survivors-bristol-beaufighter-the-whispering-death-of-the-pacific-and-beyond/

http://plane-crazy.k-hosting.co.uk/Aircraft/WW2-Planes/Beaufighter/beaufighter.htm

https://www.silverhawkauthor.com/post/warplanes-of-the-second-world-war-preserved-in-united-kingdom-bristol-beaufort-and-bristol-beaufighter

https://110.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/arquivos/episodio-50-portugal-o-hidroplanador/


Documentos:

Informação nº244, da Direcção daAeronáutica Naval, de 10 de Abril de 1946





 

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