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 'Hampden' (Handley Page 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 Hampden was a British twin-engine medium bomber Role…

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

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 example is seen ar Scampton in

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.

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RAF Bomber Command 1940 Handley Page Hampden of No. 83 Squadron with crew, seated on a loaded bomb trolley at Scampton, 2 October

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Handley Page Hampden Mk I - AT 137 'T-UB' - medium bomber - No 455 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force based at Leuchars, Fife, Scotland - May 1942

Geoff Jones recently visited the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at RAF Museum Cosford on behalf of Warbirds News. We were particularly interested to hear about progress on their Handley Page Hampden TB Mk.I restoration project. Only three partial airframes of the 1430 Hampdens built are known to exist, with the RAF Museum's example, P1344, being the most complete. Staff and volunteers at Cosford are currently lavishing their attention on P1344, and have made significant progress over…

Handley-Page Hampden Resurrection at RAF Museum Cosford

The two fuselage sections side by side. (photo by Geoff Jones)

Handley-Page Hampden Resurrection at RAF Museum Cosford

P1344 as she looked when laid out by Jeet Mahal for inspection by the RAF Museum in 1992. (photo via RAF Museum)

Handley Page Hampden TB Mk I as she looked when laid out by Jeet Mahal for inspection by the RAF Museum in (photo via RAF Museum) "This is becoming such a fine resto.

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