|Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I|
|General Historical Information|
|Place of origin||Germany|
|Manufacturer||Boulton Paul Aircraft|
|General Ingame Information|
|Used by||Great Britain|
|Guns||4 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning MGs|
|Seat 2||Gunner in hydraulically powered dorsal turret|
The Boulton Paul Defiant was an attempt to combine the performance of a monoplane fighter with the flexibility and concentrated firepower of turret-mounted guns; it failed miserably. The weight of the turret and a two-man crew greatly impeded the Defiant's performance, and it had no ability to fire forward (although it's not so ingame), which left it with a number of blind spots in its defence.
The first Defiants entered service with Britain's Royal Air Force in December 1939 and their early operations saw vastly different outcomes. The first operational Defiant mission in May 1940 resulted in the loss of five of the six aircraft employed, but another in the same month claimed the destruction of 18 German aircraft, surprised by the turret armament, without loss. German pilots, however, soon learned of the Defiant's inability to fire forward. Losses mounted and the Defiant was withdrawn from daylight operations in August 1940.
The Defiant saw night-fighter service with 13 RAF squadrons over the course of 1941 to 1943, but as the war progressed, the aircraft were phased out of frontline service and were being used for target-tugs with air gunnery schools and anti-aircraft co-operation units. Others were modified for use by the Air/Sea Rescue Service.
Ingame, this aircraft is perfect for intercepting German bombers, like Junkers Ju 88 and Heinkel He 111 due to deadly armanent of its turret, though you need a second person who will control it, since switching between seats during dogfight is not a best option. Also, there is a blind spot at the bottom of the aircraft, so its preferably to have cover from enemy fighters in the form of Hurricane or Spitfire.