Armstrong Whitley

The Armstrong Whitley was the first allied military aircraft to fly over Berlin. Flying at 367 km/h (230 mph), it was a rather slow plane that would become an easy target for German fighters. This may be one of the reasons why it soon would be used as a night bomber. The Armstrong Whitley was also used for anti-submarine warfare, leaflet dropping and agent insertion.

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Being the first modern style monoplane heavy bomber of the RAF, the Armstrong Whitley prototype flew in March 1936 and the aircraft actually entered service a year later, in March 1937.

At the outbreak of the war there were 207 Whitleys in service in the RAF.

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An Armstrong Whitley achieved the first Coastal Command sinking of a German U-boat in November 1941. The Whitley was retired from all front-line service in late 1942 but it continued to operate as a transport for troops and freight as well as towing gliders.

A total of 1,737 Whitleys were produced.

armstrong whitley

Type Bomber
Power Plant Four Rolls Royce Merlin IV 12 Cylinder water cooled in-line engines
Max speed: 367 km/h (230 mph) at 5 395 m (17,700 ft.)
Ceiling: 5 395 m (17,700 ft.)
Range: 2 540 km (1,500 mi.)
Weight (empty): 8 759 kg (19,310 lb.)
Weight (loaded): 15 164 kg (33,431 lb.)
Wingspan: 25,60m (84 ft.)
Length: 21,49m (72 ft.)
Heigth: 4,57m (15 ft.)
Armament: Five 7,7 mm (.303-cal) Browning machine guns and 3 168 kg (6,985 lb.) bombload