| Vickers Wellington|
Type 416 Mark IC
The Vickers Type 416 Wellington Mk. IC (in-game: Wellington) was a twin-engined medium bomber whose development dated back to the 1930's. Carrying a 2 t. bomb load in its hold and capable of fairly good bombing precision, it could raze any industrial buildings in a single run. The Wellington is a reliable plane and bomber, rapid and cheap to mass-produce, although quite slow. Its very limited number of machine-guns and lack of defense is a major handicap, requiring that it be escorted at all times. The Wellington bomber was an excellent high-altitude bomber.
In-game, these bombers will be powerful if inaccurate against ground targets, but are very vulnerable to fighters and anti-aircraft guns.
The Vickers Wellington was a British built twin-engined medium bomber of geodetic construction which was first deployed with the RAF in 1937, and the prototype first flew on 15 June 1936. It was the main British bomber during the first part of WWII, but the RAF was soon forced to abandon daylight attacks because of its vulnerability. The Wellington was in production until the end of the war. After its replacement in RAF Bomber Command by the new four-engined bombers it was flown on numerous other duties, and some were used until 1953. The Mk.X introduced a fuselage structure of light alloy, instead of steel. There were also prototypes and a small production series (about 60) of the Mk.V and Mk.VI, with early cabin pressurization systems, which did not enter service. Wellingtons were built with Pegasus, Hercules, Merlin or Twin Wasp engines.
The Fleet Air Arm received a total of 22 Vickers Wellingtons 1939-1945, all were transfers from the RAF. The first was deployed with the RN in December 1942 to 782 squadron (L4244). The remainder saw service with 716, 785, 762, 765, 782 and 783 and 765 squadrons. Wellingtons L4244 , L4303 etc were used for ASV training from February 1944 with 783 squadron, and Wellington HE274 served on Fighter affiliation with 765 squadron up until 1946.
The type remained in Fleet Air Arm service until Spring 1946, the last two included HZ470 which crashed whilst serving with 765 squadron at Hal Far in March 1946, and Wellington HE274 which crashed in April 1946.
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