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The Vickers Wellington heavy bomber was Britain's main bomber at the outbreak of the war.

RAF air crew checks out the next target - Vickers Wellington heavy bomber was Britain's main bomber at the outbreak of the war - 1940

Wellington's fuselages at Brooklands at the beginning of the assembly process - Note geodesic construction

Wellington's fuselages at Brooklands at the beginning of the assembly process - - RAF - Dambusters

Pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of their No. 149 RAF Squadron Wellington bomber, probably at RAF Mildenhall in 1941. The pilot is David Donaldson, who was promoted to Wing Commander in 1943 at the age of 28.

A portrait of the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of their No 149 Squadron Wellington bomber, probably at RAF Mildenhall in The pilot is David Donaldson, who was promoted to Wing Commander in 1943 at the age of Photo by Cecil Beaton

The Vickers Wellington was a British twin-engine, long range medium bomber widely used as a night bomber in the early years of the Second World War, before being displaced as a bomber by the larger four-engine "heavies" such as the Avro Lancaster. It was popularly known as the Wimpy by service personnel, after J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye cartoons. The Wellington was one of two bombers named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, the other being the Vickers Wellesley.

The Vickers Wellington was a British twin-engine, long range medium bomber…

Wellington Bombers in Formation 1940. The Vickers Wellington was a British twinengined long range medium bomber designed in the mid1930s and widely used as a night bomber in the early years of WW2.

Wellington Bombers in Formation The Vickers Wellington was a British twinengined long range medium bomber designed in the and widely used as a night bomber in the early years of

Fuselage geodesic skeleton of a Vickers Wellington Type 271 prototype medium bomber aircraft designed by Barnes Wallis

Fuselage geodesic skeleton of a Vickers Wellington Type 271 prototype medium bomber aircraft designed by Barnes Wallis

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE IN BRITAIN, MAY 1942. Royal Air Force ground crew push a 4,000lb blast bomb towards the bay of a Vickers Wellington bomber of No 419 Squadron, Royal Air Force at Mildenhall.

RAF ground crew push a blast bomb towards the bay of a Vickers Wellington bomber of 419 Squadron, at RAF Mildenhall in (IWM photo)

A bomber crew of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF study a map, while sitting on 250-lb GP bombs which are about to be loaded into their Vickers Wellington Mark IC at East Wretham, Norfolk.

JUL 21 1942 Churchill: “severe, ruthless bombing of Germany” needed A bomber crew of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF study a map, while sitting on GP bombs which are about to be loaded into their Vickers Wellington Mark IC at East Wretham, Norfolk.

Ground crews of No 300 Polish Bomber Squadron RAF work on their Vickers Wellington Mark Xs at Hemswell, Lincolnshire, as another aircraft of the Squadron makes a low pass over the flight line. Note different positions of the Polish Air Force chessboards on the aircraft in front, embelished with a dwarf image, and BH-E behind, and the low vision code letters, improving the night camouflage of the bombers. This squadron flew on the last Wellington bomber raid on 8th October and was then…

Ground crews of No 300 Polish Bomber Squadron RAF work on their Vickers Wellington Mark Xs

This shot illustrates the cramped conditions of the Frazier-Nash front turret of the Vickers Wellington bomber with its two .303 machine guns.

This shot illustrates the cramped conditions of the Frazier-Nash front turret of the Vickers Wellington bomber with its two machine guns.

a 149 Sqn. Wellington, OJ-N, starting its engines against the backdrop of Mildenhall's Mons Wood in 1941.

Starting up the Vickers Wellington engines against the backdrop of Mildenhall's Mons Wood - East Anglia - England - 149 Squadron RAF - 1941

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A Vickers Wellington bomber being serviced photo by Robert Cappa

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