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Fairey Battles
P2364
P2165
1 Bombing and Gunnery School
RAAF Evans Head, NSW
c1941
Photo via Mike Mirkovic

     
 

RAAF Fairey Battle Image Gallery

 
     
 

RAAF Fairey Battle Pages by Serial Range

Battle Index Page K7575 to K9486 L4941 to L5798 N2027 to N2256 P2157 to P6762 R3924 to R7385 V1201 to V1277
 
     
 

These 45 airframes included the first four Battles delivered to RAAF (P2167, P2169, P5239, P5247)  on April 30 1940 and comprised 39 Battle I's and 7 Battle Trainers.

They were sourced from the following production batches delivered to the RAF:

  • 150 Battle I's serialled P2155 to P2369 delivered by Fairey (Stockport) between June and October 1939 under contract 768880/38.
     

  • 50 Battle I's serialled P5228 to P5294 delivered by Fairey (Stockport) between October and November 1939 under contract 768880/30.
     

  • 200 Battle serialled P6480 to P6769 delivered by Fairey (Stockport) between October and November 1939 under contract 768880/30. The first 100 airframes of this batch (P6480 to P6615) were built as Battle I's and final 100 of (P6616 to P6769) were built as Battle Trainers.

 
     
 
Aircraft Serial Model History
P2145 Mk.1

Quoted in some references as an RAAF Battle.
T
he real P2145 was an RAF Hampden I.

P2157 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
16/06/39 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton,
11/01/40 Finningly,
25/01/40 5 Group Target Towing Flight,
27/10/40 Driffield Target Towing Flight,
28/06/41 Undercarriage jammed, landed on one wheel, Conningsby,
03/07/41 Fairey,
23/10/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/03/42 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2166 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
20/06/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
27/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/03/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2167 Mk.1 One of the first four Battles delivered (P2167, P2169, P5239, P5247) to RAAF (No 1 Aircraft Park at Geelong) on April 30 1940.

RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
20/06/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
27/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/03/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching

P2168 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
20/06/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
27/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/03/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2169 Mk.1 30/04/40 One of the first four Battles delivered (P2167, P2169, P5239, P5247) to RAAF (No 1 Aircraft Park at Geelong) on April 30 1940.

RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
21/06/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
27/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/03/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching

P2263 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
10/08/39 88 Sqn,
30/11/39 At Abingdon,
12/01/40 88 Sqn.
25/05/40 4 Repair & Servicing Unit,
28/05/40 21 Aircraft Depot,
26/06/40 Fairey,
24/08/40 20 MU, RAF Aston Down,
03/09/40 AMD for Refuelling Flight,
07/02/41 Royal Aircraft Establishment,
23/05/41 Air Member for Development & Production,
22/08/41 Fairey,
23/10/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
13/03/42 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
17/11/43 Aircraft hit high tension wires, suspected glycol leak obscured vision. West Sale? 3 BAGS, F/Sgt J.S. Alexander (410935) killed, LAC J.R.S. Stapleton (21552), & LAC K.C. Toose (15826),

(Note: E/E.88 Card noted as L2263 in error. The serial L2263 was allocated to an RAF Walrus).

P2264 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
10/08/39 218 Sqn,
14/09/39 22 MU, RAF Silloth,
05/12/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
05/01/42 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2276 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
27/08/39 150 Sqn,
16/09/39 22 MU, RAF Silloth,
07/04/40 Bombing & Gunnery School,
08/05/40 Overshot landing and undercarriage collapsed, West Freugh,
Repaired on site,
06/11/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
28/02/42 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2300 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
30/08/39 5 MU, RAF Kemble,
23/12/39 105 Sqn,
12/06/40 8 MU, RAF Quedgeley,
26/08/40 304 Sqn,
10/11/40 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
15/01/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2305 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
29/08/39 5 MU, RAF Kemble,
27/09/39 8 MU, RAF Quedgeley,
10/06/40 Advanced Air Striking Force,
16/06/40 103 Sqn,
10/10/40 20 MU, RAF Aston Down,
07/12/40 Austin,
04/01/41 Parks,
11/03/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2317 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
03/09/39 9 MU,
04/09/39 West Freugh,
4 Bombing & Gunnery School,
12/02/40 3 Group Target Towing Flight,
29/02/40 4 Bombing & Gunnery School,
06/11/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
05/01/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2322 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
06/09/39 9 MU,
06/09/39 3 Air Observers School, Port Pirie,
07/07/40 1 AAS,
28/08/41 Western A/W,
21/10/41 LEP,
31.12.41 Packed Aircraft Transit Pool,
17/01/42 To South Africa then to RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2354 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
19/09/39 20 MU, RAF Aston Down,
12/05/40 Advanced Air Striking Force,
15/06/40 88 Sqn,
05/09/41 23 MU,
12/03/42 18 MU, RAF Tinwald Downs,
16/11/42 215 MU, Locharbriggs,
28/11/42 3 Packed Aircraft Transit Pool,
22/12/42 215 MU, Locharbriggs,
30/01/43 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2363 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
27/09/39 19 MU, RAF St Athan,
03/03/40 5 Bombing & Gunnery School,
20/08/41 1 Flying Training School,
22/06/41 9 MU,
02/09/42 27 MU, RAF Shawbury,
06/09/41 18 MU, RAF Tinwald Downs,
07/10/42 215 MU, Locharbriggs,
24/10/42 EO Liverpool,
08/11/42 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P2364 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
27/09/39 19 MU, RAF St Athan,
02/05/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching

Fairey Battles
P2364
P2165
1 Bombing and Gunnery School
RAAF Evans Head, NSW
c1941
Photo via Mike Mirkovic

P2365 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
25/09/39 19 MU, RAF St Athan,
11/05/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P5143

See L5143

Mk.1 Note: P5143 is not a Fairey Battle Serial - It was allocated to an RAF Lockheed Hudson I.
Several sources quote this aircraft but we have not sighted the Status card for this aircraft.
We believe that this is a confusion with L5143.
P5234 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
04/10/39 27 MU, RAF Shawbury,
16/05/40 Advanced Air Striking Force,
17/05/40 226 Sqn,
06/08/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
27/08/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P5239 Mk.1 This was the first RAAF Battle to be assembled and flown.

RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
05/10/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
27/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/03/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
30/04/40 One of the first four Battles delivered (P2167, P2169, P5239, P5247) to RAAF (No 1 Aircraft Park at Geelong) on April 30 1940.
03/05/40 Received 1 Air Depot, Laverton ex UK with Merlin 7873,
29/06/40 First test flight was by Flt Lt. J. Lerew,
29/09/40 Issued 1 Bombing & Gunnery School ex 1 Air Depot, Laverton,
11/02/41 Merlin 7873 1 Air Depot, Laverton for repair,
17/02/41 to 05/07/41 U/S at 1 Bombing & Gunnery School,
24/10/41 Force landed
at Evans Head. Write Off
25/10/41 Awaiting conversion.
Converted to components at 1 Bombing & Gunnery School
.

P5242 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
10/10/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
29/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
18/04/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching

Fairey Battle
P5242 1941 
Photo via Gordy Birkett

P5243 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
C10/10/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
29/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
04/04/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P5247 Mk.1 One of the first four Battles delivered (P2167, P2169, P5239, P5247) to RAAF (No 1 Aircraft Park at Geelong) on April 30 1940.
RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
16/10/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
27/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/03/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P5249 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
16/10/39 24 MU, RAF Ternhill,
29/02/40 36 MU, RAF Sealand,
18/04/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching

Fairey Battle P5249 
1 Bombing and Gunnery School
RAAF Evans Head, NSW

P5273 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
27/10/39 12 MU,
28/02/42 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
04/06/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P5275 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
22/10/39 12 MU,
11/02/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
03/04/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P5281 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
24/10/39 12 MU,
01/03/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
02/04/41 To Canada then to RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P5289 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
27/10/39 12 MU,
08/09/40 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
01/10/40 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6481 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
06/11/39 12 MU,
06/11/40 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
15/01/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6483 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
06/11/39 12 MU,
06/11/39 Tipped up taxiing in strong wind,
Repaired on site,
01/03/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
24/03/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6484 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
06/11/39 12 MU,
05/03/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
03/04/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6489 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
06/11/39 12 MU,
06/11/40 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
15/01/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6493 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
08/11/39 12 MU,
06/03/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
11/04/41 To Canada then to RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6499 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
02/11/39 12 MU,
10/02/41 Austin,
25/03/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6503 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
13/11/39 12 MU,
06/03/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
03/04/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6509 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
18/11/39 12 MU,
25/02/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
03/04/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6531 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
28/11/39 12 MU,
28/02/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
03/04/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6536 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
04/12/39 12 MU,
05/01/41 Austin,
25/03/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6602 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
14/02/40 19 MU, RAF St Athan,
15/03/40 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton,
21/05/40 Advanced Air Striking Force,
21/05/40 150 Sqn,
30/09/40 142 Sqn,
02/12/40 27 MU, RAF Shawbury,
01/03/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
03/04/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6622 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
27/02/40 11 Flying Training School,
21/06/40 1 Flying Training School,
21/07/40 Belly landed in error, Netheravon,
Repaired on site,
19/03/41 Belly landed in error, Netheravon,
Repaired on site,
20/09/41 Belly landed in error, Shrewton,
Repaired on site,
24/09/41 Rosenfield,
25/01/42 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
07/04/42 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6631 Mk.1 RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
08/03/40 12 Flying Training School,
14/10/40 Belly landed in error, Harlaxton,
Repaired on site,
12/06/41 16(P)FTS,
19/06/41 Belly landed in error, Hucknall,
24/06/41 Fairey,
16/10/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
05/12/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6642 Battle Trainer RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
15/03/40 7 Flying Training School,
27/07/40 Undershot landing and hit obstruction, Petersborough,
Repaired on site,
11/02/41 22 MU, RAF Silloth,
06/09/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
27/09/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
18 Jun 42 West Sale? 3 BAGS, wheels up landing.
P6664 Battle Trainer RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
21/03/40 7 Flying Training School,
21/11/40 1 Flying Training School.
06/11/40 Western A/W,
11/12/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
21/01/42 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
SOC 13/03/45
P6677 Battle Trainer RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
27/03/40 12 Flying Training School,
06/05/40 Undercarriage leg collapsed taxiing at night, Grantham,
Repaired on site,
23/03/41 9 MU,
20/04/41 1 Flying Training School,
20/07/41 Engine cut, belly landed near Upavon,
27/07/41 Rosenfield,
24/11/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
05/12/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
5 Dec 42 West Sale? 3 BAGS, undercarriage collapsed during landing,
10 Feb 43 West Sale? 3 BAGS, forced landing after engine failure.
P6720 Battle Trainer RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
10/04/40 1 Flying Training School,
10/01/41 Bounced on landing and wing hit ground, Shrewton,
Repaired on site,
24/03/41 Tyre burst on landing, swung and undercarriage collapsed, Shrewton,
Repaired on site,
20/06/41 Undercarriage jammed, belly landed, Stormy Down,
30/06/41 Fairey,
15/11/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
17/12/41 To RAAF.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6728 Battle Trainer RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
17/04/40 1 Flying Training School,
07/10/40 Undercarriage jammed, belly landed Aberfield Hall, 2 miles N.E. of Shinfield, Berkshire,
13/10/40 Fairey,
23/02/41 27 MU, RAF Shawbury,
02/05/41 1 Flying Training School,
26/01/42 38 MU, RAF Little Rissington,
22/10/42 27 MU, RAF Shawbury,
01/12/42 Struck Of Charge.
RAAF History:
Currently Researching
P6729 Battle Trainer RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
17/04/40 1 Flying Training School,
24/02/41 Taxied into ditch at night, Shrewton,
Repaired on Site,
16/07/41 Ran away while taxying, Netheravon,
21/07/41 Fairey,
24/11/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
17/12/41 To RAAF.

RAAF History:
Currently Researching
Moved by truck from 1 Central Recovery Depot, Werribee at Werribee to Point Cook.
04/04/46 Destroyed in a trial of destruction by fire at Point Cook with P6729 (72) and L5594, L5595, V1209, V1241 & V1250.
The trial was of course successful.

Fairey Battles P6729 72 and L5594, L5595, V1209, V1241 & V1250 destroyed by fire 04-04-1946 Point Cook

P6762 Battle Trainer RAF History:
Built by Fairey, Stockport under Contract 768880/38,
10/05/40 12 MU,
17/05/40 98 Sqn,
25/06/40 12 Operational Training Unit,
15/12/40 22 MU, RAF Silloth,
12/09/41 47 MU, RAF Sealand,
27/09/41 To RAAF.

RAAF History:
Currently Researching
 
     

The Author of this page is Brendan Cowan.

Source: National Archives, Dean Normans Aircrew Project, Aircraft Status Cards, British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979 Bruce Robertson, www.ozatwar.com, Fairey Battle in the R.A.A.F. John Lever, The Battle File. Air-Britain.

Emails: Warwick Henry, Mike Draper, Greg Hyde, Keith Hayles, Wynnum Graham, Dean Norman, Gordon Birkett, Grahame Higgs, Bob Livingstone, Michael Louey.

Special thanks to Gordon Birkett for the artwork for P5239.

Updated 20 November 2014

     

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