Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I.

 

From Wikipedia:

The Boulton Paul Defiant was a British interceptor aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II.  The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a “turret fighter”, without any forward-firing guns.  It was a contemporary of the Royal Navy‘s Blackburn Roc. The concept of a turret fighter related directly to the successful First World War-era Bristol F.2 Fighter.

In combat, the Defiant was found to be reasonably effective at its intended task of destroying bombers but was vulnerable to the Luftwaffe‘s more manoeuvrable, single-seat Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters.

The lack of forward-firing armament proved to be a great weakness in daylight combat and its potential was realised only when it was converted to night fighting.[2]  It was supplanted in the night fighter role by the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito.  The Defiant found use in gunnery training, target towing, electronic countermeasures and air-sea rescue. Among RAF pilots it had the nickname “Daffy”.

Defiant Mark I N3313 of No. 264 Squadron, 1940

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