Bristol Beaufort III “What ifs”

The Bristol Beaufort was a torpedo bomber developed from the earlier Bristol Blenheim bomber. The aircraft was well known for being under powered and so plans were developed to fit the aircraft with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines in place of the original Bristol Taurus. Known as the Beaufort Mk.III the project fell by the wayside when more capable American aircraft became available to the RAF under Lend-Lease.

To make these profiles I added the nacelles from the Merlin-powered Bristol Beaufighter to the Beaufort and enlarged the tail slightly.


In RAF service in the Middle and Far East

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin RAF 1

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin RAF 2

Giving something back to the Americans.

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin USAAF

The original Beaufort saw extensive service with ANZAC forces thanks to production being undertaken in Australia.

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin RNZAF

Helping out “Uncle Joe.”

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin Soviet Union

Captured by the Japanese (markings based on a captured Hurricane)

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin Japan

On two different sides of Italy

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin Italy 2

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin Italy

Post-war service with the Yugoslavian Air Force

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin Yugoslavia

Helping to rebuild the French Armée de l’Air.

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin France

In Portuguese service.

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin Portugal

Working in civvy street for BOAC.

Beaufort III Rolls Royce Merlin Airliner

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Author: Tony Wilkins

When Man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we’ll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict.

7 thoughts on “Bristol Beaufort III “What ifs””

    1. Thanks Andy. The Merlins would have given even more power and the enlarged tail was there to counteract the extra torque. Personally I cant see the Merlin installation improving range very much (if at all) as it didn’t carry any additional fuel but the extra power would be of use in the escape after torpedo release

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