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Daytime disaster The Fairey Battle was a 1930s-era daylight bomber; by the time it saw service against the Germans in 1940, it was hopelessly outclassed. Nearly 100 were shot down in a week. (RAF)

Daytime disaster The Fairey Battle was a 1930s-era daylight bomber; by the time it saw service against the Germans in 1940, it was hopelessly outclassed. Nearly 100 were shot down in a week. (RAF)

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The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War. The Stirling was designed by the Short Brothers to meet a Air Ministry specification from 1936. When the preferred design from Supermarine had to be abandoned, the Stirling was ordered for the RAF. It entered service in early 1941.

The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War. The Stirling was designed by the Short Brothers to meet a Air Ministry specification from 1936. When the preferred design from Supermarine had to be abandoned, the Stirling was ordered for the RAF. It entered service in early 1941.

The cockpit of a Vickers Wellington MK X, another famous WW2 Medium Bomber

The cockpit of a Vickers Wellington MK X, another famous WW2 Medium Bomber

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Fairey Battle RAF Despite power of Rolls-Royce engine, the bombing load and three-man crew added too much weight for the light bomber Armament not adequate against more modern aircraft Inadequate speed Despite scoring first official aerial victory of WWII for the RAF, heavy losses were eventually recorded Withdrawn from battle and used in overseas training. Only two machine guns.

Fairey Battle RAF Despite power of Rolls-Royce engine, the bombing load and three-man crew added too much weight for the light bomber Armament not adequate against more modern aircraft Inadequate speed Despite scoring first official aerial victory of WWII for the RAF, heavy losses were eventually recorded Withdrawn from battle and used in overseas training. Only two machine guns.

ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS FAR EAST 1941-1945 (CI 713) A Vickers Wellington Mark X of No. 99 Squadron RAF, lands at Jessore, India, on returning from a bombing sortie over Burma.

ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS FAR EAST 1941-1945 (CI 713) A Vickers Wellington Mark X of No. 99 Squadron RAF, lands at Jessore, India, on returning from a bombing sortie over Burma.

Hudson Mark III (long-range version), T9465 ‘UA-N’ “Spirit of Lockheed-Vega Employees”, of No. 269 Squadron RAF Detachment based at Kaldadarnes, Iceland, flying along the coast of Iceland. T9465 was a presentation aircraft, paid for by contributions from the workforce of the Lockheed plant at Burbank, California. ~ BFD

Hudson Mark III (long-range version), T9465 ‘UA-N’ “Spirit of Lockheed-Vega Employees”, of No. 269 Squadron RAF Detachment based at Kaldadarnes, Iceland, flying along the coast of Iceland. T9465 was a presentation aircraft, paid for by contributions from the workforce of the Lockheed plant at Burbank, California. ~ BFD

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