The Bristol Beaufighter was manufactured in England and served with four RAAF squadrons in the Pacific during WWII. 30 SQN was the first to be equipped with the British built Beaufighter in March 1942. The first Australian built Beaufighter flew on 26 May 1944 and saw action against the Japanese in November 1944.

Due to its powerful Hercules radial engines, it had a strong tendency to swing on take-off and required a skilled pilot to fly it well. Together with the Beaufighter's high speed at low level, quiet engines and its firepower, it was known as 'Whispering Death'.