The Bristol Beaufort

The Collings Foundation’s Supermarine Spitfire IX BR601 flying over the South Devonshire coast in September. ©JOHN DIBBS

Origin & history

Bristol Beaufort Mk.I L9878 ‘MW-R’ of 217 Squadron. BOTH KEY

Despite being somewhat overshadowed by its ‘stablemates’ – the Blenheim and the Beaufighter – Bristol’s Beaufort was built in large numbers and served in several different theatres during World War Two. A twin-engined torpedo bomber, its design was influenced by that of the earlier Blenheim. The experience gained from building the latter meant that the development of the Beaufort was less protracted and produced fewer ‘teething’ troubles.

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