The Bristol Beaufighter was a British twin-engine long-range heavy combat fighter that entered service one year after the outbreak of World War II. The Beaufighter had a long career and served in almost all theaters of the war performing roles in reconnaissance, night fighting and torpedo bombing. It was so effective against shipping, aircraft and ground targets that the British Costal Command was the main user of the airplane. After the war, they were used by several countries including the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Turkey, and the Israeli Air Force. At the end of its service life they served as target tows and were retired from the RAF in 1960.
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