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AcesHigh_AVG
11-01-2004, 07:33 PM
Hey guys,

Just checking to see if anyone knows what the heck those spoon-like things are in the Beaufighter?! You can see them staring you in the face in cockpit view when looking forward. They seem to come from the sides of the cockpit forward towards the pilots sholders.

Also what is the guy in the back of the beaufighter there for? He isn't manning a gun and he is looking backwards. Is he just a lookout or something more... It almost looks like he should have a gun, but there isn't one there. Or does he just release carrier pigeons out the back with reconnaisance messages?

AcesHigh_AVG
11-01-2004, 07:33 PM
Hey guys,

Just checking to see if anyone knows what the heck those spoon-like things are in the Beaufighter?! You can see them staring you in the face in cockpit view when looking forward. They seem to come from the sides of the cockpit forward towards the pilots sholders.

Also what is the guy in the back of the beaufighter there for? He isn't manning a gun and he is looking backwards. Is he just a lookout or something more... It almost looks like he should have a gun, but there isn't one there. Or does he just release carrier pigeons out the back with reconnaisance messages?

CaptainFlunky
11-01-2004, 07:35 PM
Radio operator. No MG on this model, but later Beau's did have a defensive position

PlaneEater
11-01-2004, 07:35 PM
Not sure what the objects in the cockpit are (I know which ones you're talking about), but the guy in back is the radioman. I think in some other versions of the Beaufighter that he had a gun, too, but not in the Mk21.

CaptainFlunky
11-01-2004, 07:36 PM
In fact, can you imagine how much it must have sucked to be sitting there watching a bunch of zeros come in on your six with nothing to shoot with.

FryaDuck
11-01-2004, 09:27 PM
OMG,

Firstly its a DAP Beaufighter Mk21. Google it. You will find it is Australian and not British. The British never had the Mk21 and neither did any other country.

Secondly its primary role was Antishipping Strike missions during 1944-45. It didn't fly at night, it never encountered a Zero or had to dogfight one. It didn't need a tail gunner because it didn't go anywhere near where they would be unless it was a ground attack mission on an airfield.


If you look hard enough you will find newsreel footage by William Parer in which the Beaus attacked some Japanese shiping and liferafts with surviving infantry. The Americans weren't the only pilots who had a turkey shoot.