Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Lerwick. Lerwick served for less than 3 years because of some very nasty handling characteristics.
Merlin-Hercules. Originally designed to use 2 Rolls Royce Vultures the Halifax entered service with 4 RR Merlins.
Glider tug. Originally designed and built as a bomber the Albermarle never operated in this role.
Botha. The Botha entered service in May 1940 but was so underpowered it was withdrawn from frontline service in November.
Radio countermeasures. The RAF's Fortress 3's served with 100 group and were equipped to jam enemy radars.
|After the fall of France the French transferred their Hawk 75A's to the RAF. What was its RAF name?||RAF Aircraft of WW2
Mohawk. Most saw service in India where, for a while, they were the only fighter cover in N.E. India.
Hampden. The Handley Page Hampden had a very slender tail boom - hence its nickname.
Stirling. The Stirling was also the first 4 engined bomber to be used operationally by the RAF.
SBC-4 Helldiver. 5 aircraft reached the RAF as the balance of 50 aircraft supplied to France by the US Navy.
Seaplane. 5 T8W's were transferred to the RAF by the Royal Netherlands Navy after the invasion. They served with 320 Sqn until October 1940.
Warwick. By the time the Warwick entered service it was obsolete. Most were used for air-sea rescue duties and carried a lifeboat. Some were used for anti-submarine duties.
Whirlwind. The Whirlwind entered service in June 1940 and was used as a long range escort fighter and was later modified to a fighter-bomber. It was the only aircraft to use Rolls Royce Peregrine engines.
Target Tug. The Henley was originally designed as a light bomber but changing operational requirements relegated it to target towing.
Bombay. A twin engined transport aircraft the Bombay entered service in 1939. Very few saw service in the UK.
|What type of aircraft was the VIP transport 'Ascalon' used by Churchill and King George VI?||RAF Aircraft of WW2
York. The Avro York used the same wings, undercarriage, and engines as the Lancaster but with a totally redesigned fuselage.
Wellesley. First flown in 1935 the Vickers Wellesley was a single engined light bomber that remained in service until 1941 although obsolete at the outbreak of war.
Walrus. The Supermarine Sea Otter was more powerful than its illustrious predecessor and had a Mercury engine and tractor propeller.
Buckingham. First flown in October 1944, its twin Centaurus engines made the Bristol Buckmaster one of the fastest trainers in RAF service.
Boston. The original Havocs had 8 nose mounted .303 nose mounted machine guns which were upped to 12 in the Havoc 2
Chadwick. The Avro Manchester was the unsuccessful predecessor of the Lancaster. Its main weakness was the unreliability of its Rolls Royce Vulture engines.
N1K. The N1K was called the Kyofu, it was a potent sea-plane fighter.
Torpedo Plane. The B5N was the most widely used Japanese torpedo bomber of the war.
Hiryu. This was Japan's most advanced bomber of the war.
Ki-44. The Ki-44 was the most widely used Interceptor by the Japanese during the war.
Reppu. This fighter was designed as a replacement for the A6M fighters.
20mm Cannon. This fighter was designed as a high speed interceptor.
4. The H8k is considered by many to have been the best flying-boat of the war.
Shiden Kai . The Shiden Kai was the best all around Japanese fighter, but it was built in limited numbers.