Aviation Archive - British Bombers of WW2

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British Bombers of World War 2

Contemporay cutaways and archive images.


Vickers Wellington
Following on from the Wellesley's type of geodetic construction, the Wellington was the backbone of Bomber Command in the early part of World War II, serving in a variety of roles.

Handley Page Hampden
Manoeuvrable and faster than the Wellington and Whitley, the Hampden medium bomber was lacking in defensive armament and its narrow fuselage meant very cramped accommodation for the crew.

Fairey Battle
Part of the RAFS 1930s' Expansion Programme, the Battle light bomber lacked speed and defensive armament and suffered heavy losses in the early days of World War II over France.

Short Stirling
Notable as the first RAF four-engined bomber, the Stirling's main handicap was its low operational ceiling compared to the Lancaster and Halifax.

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Sharing the early Bomber Command days of World War II with the Wellington, the Whitley ended its career as a glider-tug and paratroop trainer.

Avro Lancaster
The RAF's most successful heavy bomber oin World War II, the Lancaster was a development of the unsuccessful twin-engined Manchester.