Seen as a Low Based, Carrier launched Dive Bomber, The “Skua” (a type of Sea Bird), was a popular Fighter Craft used by The Royal British Navy during World War II. First flown in 1937, The B-24 was instrumental in the destruction of the German Cruiser ‘’Konigsberg” during The Battle of Bergen, Norway (1940). The first to replace Bi-Wing Fighters in The Royal Navy, The “Skua” was also one of the first all-metal types deployed by that Service. It’s greatest drawback was it’s lack of overall speed, which held it prey to German Fighters. Despite this, it was dependable as a Dive Bomber.
Crewed by (2), The B-23 was 35-feet long with a wingspan of 47-feet. It was powered by a single Perseus XII Radial Engine was capable of airspeeds of 225-mph. The “Skua” could range up to 400-miles with an operational ceiling of 20,000 feet. The Armament deployed included (4) Forward Mounted 7.7mm Machine Guns with (1) 7.7mm Rear Mounted (Cockpit operated). The Bomber could support either (2) 500-lbs. Bombs or could be configured for (8) 40-ibs (the most common). No B-24 “Skua” survived The War (192 built). Several have been found in various states of preservation in The North Atlantic.