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|The Aircraft :|
|Wellington||The 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|
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley T4298 : Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Whitley crew were made prisoners of war.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington T2542 : Aircrew updated (added Sergeant R. Brown), Airframe notes updated (added 08-04-1941 : Wellington was shot down near Hamburg, killing all crew.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Manchester L7302 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 08-04-1941 : Manchester was hit by flak in the starboard engine and subsequently caught fire. The bomber was then abandoned near Hamburg.)|
|1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn added to aircrew database :|
Joining the Hell Hawks just after D-Day he was shot down by ground fire over occupied Falaise in August but with the help of French civilians evaded capture and returned to his unit. He finished the war with 79 combat missions and scored two aerial victories in April 1945.
|New victory claim added : Ju87 claimed on 23rd April 1942 by Flight Lieutenant A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Lieutenant Denis Woolley : Squadron service dates updated|
|452nd Bomb Group added to the squadrons database.|
|388th Fighter Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|New victory claim added : Bv238 claimed on 18th September 1944 by Urban Drew of 375th Fighter Squadron|
|C. B. Parris added to aircrew database.|
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