Air Enthusiast 1972-08
H.Taylor - The Battle and the Nomad /Viewed from the Cockpit/
Fairey Battle I (K7639) of No 106 Sqdn, RAF, Abingdon, Oxon, August 1938.
Fairey Battle I (T63) of the 5 escadrille, Groupe III, 3 Regiment of the Belgian Aeronautique Militaire at Evere-Bruxelles, May 1940 (note different exhaust stubs, lenghtened radiator bath and shallower aft canopy decking).
Fairey Battle I (B282) of the 33 Mira Vomvardismou (Bomber Squadron) of the Royal Hellenic Air Force, October 1940.
Fairey Battle I (953) of the No 15 Sqdn, South African Air Force, Algato, East Africa, July 1941.
Fairey Battle T (1696) of No 8 Service Flying Training School, Moncton, Canada, mid-1943.
Fairey Battle T (R7365), RAF, September 1941.
Fairey Battle T (1966) of No 3 Bombing and Gunnery School, MacDonald, Canada, 1943 (note original camouflage showing through yellow finish beneath the turret.
A Battle in service with the South African Air Force.
Relegated from active service early in World War II, the Battle was used for a variety of other tasks, including training.
Relegated from active service early in World War II, the Battle was used for a variety of other tasks, including target towing.
The R.A.F. received sixty-one Northrop Nomad attack-bombers, sixty of which were later sent to South Africa.
The Northrop A-17A, named Nomad by the RAF, saw no operational service during its limited period in Britain, and virtually all the 61 taken on strength were shipped to South Africa in 1941.