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1. Maple01 says:
11 May 2015 01:58:13 PM

This photo was taken post-war, the Swordfish LS326 is part of the RNHF

The following is taken from http://www.touchdown-aviation.com/flying-legends/plane/royal-navy-historic-flight/fairey-swordfish-mk-ii-ls326.php

LS326 was built at Sherburn-in-Elmet by Blackburn, and she is therefore a "Blackfish". She was delivered to the Royal Navy Air Yard at Donibristle on August 17 1943. From October 1943 she served with the MAC (Merchant Aircraft Carrier) ship parent squadron, 836 NAS (Naval Air Squadron) based at Maydown, Northern Ireland.

During her time with the 836 NAS, LS326 was attached to L Flight as L2 and embarked on the MAC ship Rapana. Fom February 1944 she was with K Flight operating from Empire MacCallum. During this time the aircraft flew numerous anti-submarine sorties, protecting the trans-Atlantic convoys.

Following her active wartime service, LS326 was used for training and communication duties, firstly at RNAS Culham, and later at Worthy Down. She was then bought back by the Fairey Aviation Company in 1945, and participated in the Victory Fly-Past after the War. In 1947 Fairey registered the aircraft as G-AJVH, and it was painted in Fairey Blue house colours. It was then operated out of Hamble until the following when it was placed in store at White Waltham.

In 1955, as a result of Sir Richard Fairey's strict orders, LS326, now looking slightly worse for wear, was rebuilt. The restoration work completed in October 1955 and she was kept in flying condition at White Waltham. [b]In 1959 LS326 was repainted as aircraft "5A" from 825 NAS, to play (together with W5856) a starring role in the film "Sink The Bismarck!"[/b]

In September 1960 LS326 was presented back to the Royal Navy by the Westland Aircraft Company, which by this time had taken over Fairey. In 1984 she over-flew the beaches in Normandy wearing the black and white invasion stripes stripes that were added for the 40th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. In 1987 she was re-united with her wartime 836 NAS colours and markings.

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