|Quoting GDB (Reply 2):|
Nice to see some FAA veterans on board Illustrious . including a Fairey Swordfish pilot who was one of those who damaged the steering of the Bismark in 1941, which sealed it's fate.
Now that is a very nice thing to hear about. My great uncle was also a Fairey Swordfish pilot on the Ark, and flew in that same strike on the Bismarck, and indeed before that the accidental attack on the Sheffield (named after his home town...ooops!). When the carrier was torpedoed, he along with many other aircraft took off for Malta before the ship's list grew to great to launch aircraft. unfortunately after the war he was killed whilst flying an officer in a mid air collision.
Long may the FAA remain the wonderful force it is today.