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
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'.
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
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.