In the two-crew Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter series, some modifications were designed to patrol coastal areas and escort vessels. The designations of these variants ended with the letter C to indicate that they were used by the Coastal Command.

By the end of 1942, most of the Beaufighter Mk.VICs been modified to carry torpedoes, and in April 1943 they made their first torpedo attack, sinking two merchant ships off of the Norwegian coast.
A total of 5,928 Beaufighters were built.