Fairey Battle R3950 Project
When the Fairey
Battle entered service with the RAF in 1937, it was one of the most advanced
bomber available motored with the same Merlin engine as the Spitfire or the
Hurricane. It was a logical equipment for the Belgian
air force which already used Fairey Foxes and
Fireflies produced locally by Avions Fairey in Gosselies.and 16
exemplars were ordered for observation duties. Contrary to some rumors, Battle
were never build in
However, in May 1940, the Fairey Battle was already obsolescent and the fact the Battles operated in a sky controlled by the German Lutwaffe leaded to disastrous raids by Belgian and British Battles on the bridges of Veldwezelt and Vroenhoven. The Belgian lacked of training to operate as bombers, the results was six aircraft shotdown on a total of nine sent to attack the bridges.
Most of the Battles were then
transferred to training duties and some of the first Belgian pilots arriving in
There were very few hopes our
Museum will ever acquired aircraft used by the Belgian Air Force in 1940. The
presence of a Fairey Battle in
Today, there is new team is constituted and study what has already be done to write a restoration plan according to the last museology good practices.
You are welcome to join, please contact Pascal Giltay (Tel 0499 340 944 or email aeroconcept.@hotmail.com).
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The Fairey Battle R3950 was build in 1939 by Austin Motors in Longbridge (UK).
The aircraft was delivered to
Delivered by a Belgian Air Force C130 H Hercules on
The ex Charles Church Fairey Battle R3950 at point of exchange with Spitfire RN201 at RAF Coltishall circa 1991, Brussels bound in a Belgian Air Force transporter. Pictures,courtesy of Peter Arnold
The ex Charles Church Fairey Battle R3950 at point of exchange with Spitfire
RN201 at RAF Coltishall circa 1991,
Belgium Military wrecks & Relics, Daniel Brackx, Flash Aviation