A Halifax powers up its engines before take-off with a Hamilcar in tow

Bomber Aircraft Index

This section includes medium and light bombers (Bostons and Mitchells etc) as well as Bomber Command's heavies, the Lancaster and Halifax. The Stirling is also included here as they made a vital contribution to the deception effort during the night of 5th/6th June by flying Operation GLIMMER. This involved 6 aircraft of No 218 Squadron flying a series of oval patterns which gradually approached the French coast at Boulogne dropping metal strips to give the impression to enemy radar systems of an approaching sea-bourne fleet. More Stirlings undertook transport/paratroop drop missions than bombing sorties in support of the invasion from the very first hours.

Mosquito Boston : Medium bomber
Halifax : Heavy bomber, glider tug, paratroop transport
[link not available] : Heavy bomber
Mitchell : Medium bomber
Mosquito : Medium bomber, reconnaissance, night fighter
Stirling : Heavy bomber, glider tug, paratroop transport

Some aircraft information is reproduced from a pocket booklet called 'The Recognition of Operational Aircraft' by Captain GB Ransford and published in late 1943/early 1944 (price 3 shillings and sixpence).

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