Entered service with the Fleet Air Arm in 1936 (July 1936) and was known as the "Stringbag."
At the start of the war there were 13 squadrons in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. A total of 689 Swordfishes had been delivered.
The first U-Boat sunk by the Fleet Air Arm was made by the Swordfish on April 13, 1940.
Swordfish sank more ships than all the Royal Navy's battleships combined.
Twenty one Swordfish were used in the attack against the Italian fleet at Taranto on November 11, 1940. They took off from the HMS Illustrious. Two battleships, a cruiser, and a destroyer were sunk.
Swordfishes were key in slowing down the Bismarck in its last battle.
Swordfishes were used in the near suicidal attack on the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen during their escape through the English Channel in February 1942.
On May 21, 1945 the last Swordfish squadron was disbanded.