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Boulton Paul Defiant

The Boulton Paul Defiant was an early ww2 fighter aircraft and bomber interceptor fo the RAF built by Boulton Paul Aircraft Limited. This plane had an informat nickname of “Daffy”. The Defiant emerged at a time when the RAF anticipated having to defend Great Britain against unescorted enemy bombers. Advances in aircraft design during the 1920s and 1930s resulted in a generation of multi-engined bombers that were faster than the single-engined biplane fighters then in service. The RAF believed that its own turret-armed bombers, such as the Vickers Wellington, would be able to penetrate enemy airspace and defend itself without fighter escort, and that the German Luftwaffe - its most obvious future enemy - would do the same in return. A turret-armed fighter would be able to engage enemy bombers

from angles that would defeat the bomber gunners. Thus, the Defiant was armed with a powered dorsal turret, equipped with four 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns. In theory, the Defiant would approach an enemy bomber from below or beside and destroy it with a concentrated burst of fire


From the diary of John Simmonds - [RAF] RAAF 459 Squadron, he writes; "To the uninitiated, the Defiant looked like a Hurricane with a gun turret on its back.  It had a top speed of about 300 mph, and its turret was hydraulically operated. Its four machine guns were .303 Brownings, the same as used on the heavy bombers."


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