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Blackburn Baffin - RNZAF

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Blackburn Baffin - RNZAF

Blackburn Baffin

2 GR (Wellington) Squadron. RNZAF (1938-1941)


For the Baffin by SkippyBing (Philip Chandler), which is available at Avsim.


New Zealand received 29 Blackburn Baffins during 1937/38. Most were converted Ripon MkIIs that had seen long service with the FAA. A handful were built as Baffins and served in the Middle East.


Arranged into 3 squadrons and assigned to training duties, they were pressed into active service (anti-submarine patrols) at the start of hostilities. The entire contingent was replaced by Hudsons and reduced to scrap in 1941.


The last remaining example of the type (a Ripon converted to a radial engine) is in Finland.




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