The crew of a Handley Page Hampden Mark I of No. 83 Squadron RAF leave their aircraft at Scampton, Lincolnshire, on returning from a flight.

The crew of a Handley Page Hampden Mark I of No. 83 Squadron RAF leave their aircraft at Scampton, Lincolnshire, on returning from a flight.

Cranes in the Swedish port of Helsingborg raise ashore British bomber HP.52 'Hampden' (Handley Page HP.52 Hampden).

Cranes in the Swedish port of Helsingborg raise ashore British bomber HP.52 'Hampden' (Handley Page HP.52 Hampden).

The Handley Page HP.52 Hampden was a British twin-engine medium bomber Role Medium bomber Manufacturer Handley Page Designer Gustav Lachmann First flight 21 June 1936 Introduction 1938 Retired 1945 Primary users Royal Air Force Royal Canadian Air Force Soviet Naval Aviation Royal Australian Air Force Produced 1936-1941 Number built 1,430

The Handley Page HP.52 Hampden was a British twin-engine medium bomber Role Medium bomber Manufacturer Handley Page Designer Gustav Lachmann First flight 21 June 1936 Introduction 1938 Retired 1945 Primary users Royal Air Force Royal Canadian Air Force Soviet Naval Aviation Royal Australian Air Force Produced 1936-1941 Number built 1,430

The crew of a No. 83 Squadron Hampden exit the aircraft 'after a successful night's work over Germany', Scampton, 2 October 1940.

The crew of a No. 83 Squadron Hampden exit the aircraft 'after a successful night's work over Germany', Scampton, 2 October 1940.

The rather odd looking Hampden medium bomber equipped six operational squadrons at the outbreak of hostilities in 1939.This example is seen ar Scampton in 1941.

The rather odd looking Hampden medium bomber equipped six operational squadrons at the outbreak of hostilities in 1939.This example is seen ar Scampton in 1941.

Hampdens of No 44 Squadron on a practice flight, September 1941. The foreground aircraft, AE257, was lost on an operation to Bremen on 21-22 October.

Handley Page Hampden

Hampdens of No 44 Squadron on a practice flight, September 1941. The foreground aircraft, AE257, was lost on an operation to Bremen on 21-22 October.

Handley Page Hampden restoration P5436Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley,British Columbia.Like the Wellington, the Hampden was designed as a medium day-bomber and was the last of the trio of front-line twin-engined bombers to enter service with Bomber Command. The Hampden suffered greatly due to a lack of manoeuvrability and defensive firepower (it was not fitted with powered gun turrets) at the hands of the German fighters during the early daylight bomber raids of the 'Phoney War'.

Handley Page Hampden restoration P5436Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley,British Columbia.Like the Wellington, the Hampden was designed as a medium day-bomber and was the last of the trio of front-line twin-engined bombers to enter service with Bomber Command. The Hampden suffered greatly due to a lack of manoeuvrability and defensive firepower (it was not fitted with powered gun turrets) at the hands of the German fighters during the early daylight bomber raids of the 'Phoney War'.

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: HANDLEY PAGE HAMPDEN.

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: HANDLEY PAGE HAMPDEN.

Many a young man who sought comfort and friendship with a squadron dog would go on to greatness including Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker GCB CBE DSO DFC AFC. Here we see “Sir Gus”, as he was known, with his crew of No 50 Squadron in front of a Handley Page Hampden, with Fifty Gus' dog, RAF Lindholme 5 November 1940. Photo: Courtesy of Yorkshire Air Museum

Many a young man who sought comfort and friendship with a squadron dog would go on to greatness including Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker GCB CBE DSO DFC AFC. Here we see “Sir Gus”, as he was known, with his crew of No 50 Squadron in front of a Handley Page Hampden, with Fifty Gus' dog, RAF Lindholme 5 November 1940. Photo: Courtesy of Yorkshire Air Museum


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Hampdens of No 44 Squadron on a practice flight, September 1941. The foreground aircraft, AE257, was lost on an operation to Bremen on 21-22 October.

Handley Page Hampden

Hampdens of No 44 Squadron on a practice flight, September 1941. The foreground aircraft, AE257, was lost on an operation to Bremen on 21-22 October.

Hampden cockpit WWII IWM CH 1207 - Handley Page Hampden - Wikipedia ~ BFD

Hampden cockpit WWII IWM CH 1207 - Handley Page Hampden - Wikipedia ~ BFD

Cranes in the Swedish port of Helsingborg raise a crashed RAF Handley Page Hampden 52 HP.

Cranes in the Swedish port of Helsingborg raise a crashed RAF Handley Page Hampden 52 HP.

Handley Page Hampden Mark I, P1333 'EA-F', of No. 49 Squadron RAF at Scampton, Lincolnshire. P1333 crash-landed near Breda, Netherlands, on returning from a raid on Merseburg, Germany on 17 August 1940.

Handley Page Hampden Mark I, P1333 'EA-F', of No. 49 Squadron RAF at Scampton, Lincolnshire. P1333 crash-landed near Breda, Netherlands, on returning from a raid on Merseburg, Germany on 17 August 1940.

Handley Page Hampden.The aircraft did find a niche for itself in Bomber Command as an ideal platform for carrying aerial mines. Many 'Gardening' sorties were flown in enemy waters by Hampdens and they continued in this role for the remainder of its bomber service.The first two VCs awarded to Bomber Command personnel were to Hampden crew-members.

Handley Page Hampden.The aircraft did find a niche for itself in Bomber Command as an ideal platform for carrying aerial mines. Many 'Gardening' sorties were flown in enemy waters by Hampdens and they continued in this role for the remainder of its bomber service.The first two VCs awarded to Bomber Command personnel were to Hampden crew-members.

The crew of a Handley Page Hampden Mark I of No. 83 Squadron RAF leave their aircraft at Scampton, Lincolnshire, on returning from a flight.

The crew of a Handley Page Hampden Mark I of No. 83 Squadron RAF leave their aircraft at Scampton, Lincolnshire, on returning from a flight.

Bomber crews of No. 83 Squadron RAF line up by a Handley Page Hampden.

Bomber crews of No. 83 Squadron RAF line up by a Handley Page Hampden.

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