The Beaufighter Mk. VIF was a night-fighter version of the Mk. VI that was equipped with AI Mark VIII radar. The Mk. VI had the improved Hercules engines with over 1,000 aircraft of this variant being made. Most of the Beau night-fighters were eventually replaced in this role by the faster Mosquito but the Beau continued to fight on performing anti-shipping duty as well as ground attack and long range interdiction. The Beaufighter was
produced in 14 variants and operated by 11 countries.
Beaufighter Mk. VIF ND220 belonged to Sqn Ldr J.H. Etherton of the 176th Sqn
stationed at Minneriya Ceylon from late 1944 until April 1945. Etherton was a Beaufighter Ace with 6 kills in North Africa before joining the 176th. He used the aircraft to visit remote units of the squadron and was painted in full South-East Asia Command markings but lacked aircraft letters. On June 28 1945 the aircraft swung on take-off collapsing the
undercarriage and writing the aircraft off.
Specifications Bristol Beaufighter Mk. VIF
Aircraft Type – Night Fighter
Crew – 2
Engine – (2) Bristol Hercules VI, 14 cylinder radial, 1,670 hp each turning (3) bladed
Speed – 333 mph (536kph) @ 15,600 ft (4,755 m)
Time To Climb to 15,000 ft (4,572 m) – 7.8 minutes
Service Ceiling – 26,500 ft (8,077 m)
Range – 1,540 miles (2,478 km)
Wingspan – 57 ft 10 in (17.64 m)
Length – 41 ft 8 in (12.7 m)
Height – 15 ft 10 in (4.82 m)
Wing Area – 503 ft sq (46.73 m sq)
Empty – 14,600 lbs (6,623 kg)
Loaded – 21,600 lbs (9,798 kg)
Nose – (4) 20 mm
Port Wing – (2) 7.7 mm Machine guns
Starboard Wing – (4) 7.7 mm Machine guns
- Pre-painted with pad applied markings.
- Fully assembled.
- Weapons that are not permanently attached.
- Comes with crew figures
- Display stand included.
- Option to display model with wheels up or down.
- Movable propellers.
Beaufighter Mk.VIF - Squadron Leader J.H.Etherton, No.176 Squadron, Minneriya, Ceylon, March-April 1945 "ND220".