THE MIGHTY BEAUFIGHTER REFUSED TO RETIRE FROM THE RAF AFTER THE WAR. KEN ELLIS EXAMINES ITS SECOND CAREER, WHICH LASTED UNTIL 1960
LAST OF THE LINE BEAUFIGHTERS
Battle-hardened torpedo-bomber, strike weapon of awesome capability and pioneer night fighter it may have been, but with the advent of peace there seemed little future for the Bristol Beaufighter. That slim fuselage was not capable of taking more advanced airborne interception gear, and the remoteness of the gunner-turnedradar operator back in the fuselage did not help. With its side-by-side crew, the de Havilland Mosquito was the night fighter of choice for the immediate post-war period.