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Introduced in early 1942 the Beaufighter VI introduced the more powerful Bristol Hercuules engine and the ability to carry far more offensive armament. Two versions were produced, The nightfighter Beaufighter VIF and the hard hitting strike variant, the Beaufighter VIC. The nightfighter version usually carried the much improved centimetric radar in a distinctive 'thimble' nose The real forte of the Beaufighter however, turned out to be as a hard hitting strike fighter able to carry rocket projectiles and torpedo's in addition to it's gun armament and the Beaufighter served in all theatres of war throughout WW2. Beaufighters were also built in Australia, and used by the RAAF against the Japanese who respected the Beaufighter enough to give it the nickname 'whispering death' on account of the quietness of the Bristol Hercuules engines.