Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA2313 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF R2069 “ZK-A”, 25 Sqn., RAF, North Weald, Essex Sept 1940. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The Beaufighter was built because of Bristol’s foresight and was company funded. It was built as a long-range fighter using parts that were available from the earlier Beaufort. Using these parts made it possible to complete the first aircraft a little more than 8 months after the concept. The Beaufighter was over shadowed by the Mosquito’s success but it was the Beau that was there in 1940 and 1941 helping to defeat the German night “Blitz”. The Beau served in the Pacific as well as Europe. The Japanese referred to the aircraft as “Whispering Death” because of its ability to strike and disappear so quickly. The last Beaufighter was produced on September 21, 1945 making aircraft 5,562. Of the 5,562 there were 1,063 Mk.VIs.
No. 25 Squadron spent the first 3 years of WWII flying defensive patrols using the Bristol Blenheim which was proving to be too slow to intercept German bombers. New designs and better engines brought about the much quicker Bristol Beaufighter, replacing the Blenheim. No. 25 received their first Beaufighters in October 1940 and operated them until January 1943 when the ultimate night fighter, the de Havilland Mosquito began assuming the role. Beaufighter, serial R2069 was the first Beaufighter Mk. IF delivered to No. 25 Squadron.