The Beaufighter was an extremely good night fighter and interdictor , particularly when it lurked around the end of Luftwaffe night fighter bases, awaiting the return of German night fighters returning to refuel/rearm after attacking waves of bombers on their way to bomb cities.In Guy Gibson’s book Enemy Coast Ahead he talks about the high loss rate of Beaufighter crews on training sorties and in landing incidents caused by some of its handling quirks.
He follows this up with a fantastic anecdote - while pacing the apron with a colleague waiting for impenetrable fog to clear, he hears the unmistakable sound of a Beaufighter approaching. After hearing it make a couple of invisible passes, the hear it come back for a third try and brace themselves for the inevitable impact. Instead the pair of them are amazed to hear it land, and when it taxis up to where they’re standing they wait to congratulate the pilot on his display of airmanship. Imagine their surprise when a cheerful young woman from the ATA hops out and asks them where she needs to book in.