Fairey Battle I

 

Fairey Battle I

 

 

 

 Fairey Battle I

Single engine two/three-seat bomber and reconnaissance aircraft

In 1937 the Belgian Government ordered 16 Fairey Battle I bombers to replace a number of ageing Fairey Fox biplanes. The first five Battles were delivered in the month of March 1938 and were taken on charge by the 3rd Regiment d'Aéronautique based at Evere airbase near Brussels. The aircraft were used by N°5 Squadron of the 3rd Aé which in the meantime had seen its mission change from reconnaissance to bomber unit. Already during the "Phony War" it became rapidly clear to the British as well as the Belgian military authorities that the Battle was very vulnerable and very rapidly becoming obsolete as the aircraft was very slow, poorly manoeuvrable and was missing the means to defend itself. Due to this the Belgian authorities didn't place the initially planned order for supplementary aircraft. In stead the Belgian Government tried too late to obtain Bréguets, Douglas and Caproni bombers. The Belgian Battles became famous for there ill fated attack on the Albert canal bridges of Veldwezelt, Vroenhoven and Briegden. This suicidal mission did not achieve its aim as not a single bridge was destroyed but 6 out of 9 aircraft were shot down. (D. Brackx)


Picture   Belgian Serial Date In Date Out History
T-58 Noc 1937 May 1940 5/III/3Aé, shot down on 11 Mai 1940 at s'Herenelderen
T-59 Mar 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, destroyed in attack on Aalter airfield on 19 May 1940
T-60 Mar 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, shot down on 11 Mai 1940 at Lebbeke
T-61 Mar 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, shot down on 11 May 1940 while attacking the Vroenhoven bridge.
T-62 Mar 1938 May 1940   5/III/3Aé at Evere, shot down on 11 May 1940 at Koersel (Hasselt)
T-63 Mar 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, unserviceable at Evere on May 10th, 1940 and abandoned.
T-64 Apr 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, participated in attack on the Vroenhoven bridge on 11 May 1940, abandoned at Aalter airfield
T-65 Apr 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, destroyed by German bombs on 10 May 1940 at Belsele.
T-66 Apr 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, destroyed by German bombs on 10 May 1940 at Belsele.
T-67 Apr 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, destroyed in attack on Aalter airfield on 19 May 1940
T-68 Apr 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, made belly landing at Schakkelbroek after being hit by German AA fire over Briegden bridge on 11 May 1940.
- T-69 Apr 1938 Dec 1939 5/III/3Aé at Evere, crashed between Aalter and Eeklo on 8 Dec 1939.
T-70 Jun 1938 May1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, Shot down on 11 May 1940 at Vlijtingen while attacking Vroenhoven bridge.
T-71 Jun 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, unserviceable after being hit in flight, destroyed in attack on Aalter airfield on 18 May 1940
T-72 Jun 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, unserviceable at Evere on 10 May 1940 and abandoned
T-73 Jun 1938 May 1940 5/III/3Aé at Evere, unserviceable, destroyed in attack on Aalter airfield on 18 May 1940
    

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