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TOBRUK Martlets are Mk III's... they do not have folding wings or tailhook and they don't have six guns.... those which were equipped with that equipment are Mk II's and were used on Carriers.


TOBRUK Martlet IIIs are aircraft formerly purchased by Greece, but which were diverted to Egypt when Greece fell.  They were intended to be land based.


Because they were not Carrier capable, they were used by the FAA in the Western Desert for Convoy Escort/Bomber Escort and general point defense.


Martlet II's were directly purchased by the FLEET AIR ARM and therefore had all the Carrier equipment.  The Mk II was used off Royal Navy Carriers during the escort of convoys to Malta in 1942.



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