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Defiant, Blenheim and Havoc Aces (SC) - Osprey - OS10105

Defiant, Blenheim and Havoc Aces (SC) - Osprey  - OS10105

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Aircraft of the Aces 105; Thomas. For much of 1940, Blenheim fighter squadrons provided the RAF's main long-range escort and night fighter capability. In the mid-1930s, in an attempt to capitalize on its expertise in power-operated gun turrets, the Boulton Paul Company developed the Defiant, a single-engined fighter in which all the armament was concentrated in the turret behind the pilot. The Defiant had its combat debut over Dunkirk, and initially achieved some considerable success. A number of American-built aircraft called Douglas DB-7 light bombers (named Havoc by the RAF), were fitted with radar for night fighter duties and others successfully replaced the Blenheim as night intruders. A total of 11 pilots claimed 5 or more victories when flying these 3 types to become aces, whilst no fewer than 33 who became aces claimed at least part of their scores when flying the Blenheim, Defiant or Havoc; 96 pages.