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The Story of the Wellington- Airforce-Art
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The Story of the Wellington

The Story of the Wellington

When it entered service in 1938, the twin-engined Vickers Wellington began an operational career that spanned the whole of the Second World War. Rugged and reliable, it was operated by Bomber Command, Coastal Command and Transport Command, possessing a level of versatility second to none, serving in almost every theatre of War. By the autumn of 1945 nearly 11,500 had been built. As the last one rolled off the Vickers production lines, the Wimpy as it was affectionately known, had secured its place in history, as one of the truly great aircraft of the Second World War
Item Code : PVD1055The Story of the Wellington - This Edition

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WellingtonThe Vickers Wellington was a Bomber aircraft and also used for maritime reconnaissance. and had a normal crew of six except in the MKV and VI where a crew of three was used. Maximum speed was 235 mph (MK1c) 255 mph (MK III, X) and 299 mph (MK IIII), normal operating range of 1805 miles (except MK III which was 1470miles) The Wellington or Wimpy as it was known, was the major bomber of the Royal Air Force between 1939 and 1943. The Royal Air Force received its first Wellingtons in October 1938 to 99 squadron. and by the outbreak of World war two there were 6 squadrons equipped with the Vickers Wellington. Due to heavy losses on daylight raids, the Wellington became a night bomber and from 1940 was also used as a long range bomber in North Africa. and in 1942 also became a long range bomber for the royal Air Force in India. It was well used by Coastal Command as a U-Boat Hunter. The Wellington remained in service with the Royal Air Force until 1953. Probably due to its versatile use, The aircraft was also used for experimental work including the fitting of a pressure cabin for High altitude tests. The Vickers Wellington could sustain major damage and still fly, probably due to its construction of its geodesic structure and practical application of geodesic lines. Designed by Sir Barnes Wallis

Aviation History Timeline : 18th March
18March1918A McCudden, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
18March1919Orazio Pierozzi, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
18March1920Franz Buchner, a WW1 Ace with 40.00 victories, died on this day
18March1942Hauptmann Georg Christl of III./Zerstörergeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Leutnant Hans Strelow of 5./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Oberfeldwebel Heinrich Orth of 4./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Oberleutnant of the Reserves Heinrich Krafft of 3./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Oberleutnant of the Reserves Johannes Kiel of I./Zerstörergeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1943Hauptmann Heinz Schumacher of 10./Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1945Hans Waldmann, a WW2 Ace with 134.00 victories, died on this day
18March1945Hauptmann Rudolf Kramer of Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1945Knight's Cross recipient Hans Waldmann of 6./Jagdgeschwader 52 died on this day
18March1958G Olley, a WW1 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day
18March2008John Curry, a WW2 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day

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