The Handley Page Halifax: The Backbone of RAF Bomber Command during WW2



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Often overshadowed by the Avro Lancaster, the Handley Page Halifax was an extremely important asset to RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. Designed in the mid/late 1930s, originally as a twin engine bomber, the Halifax would enter service with the RAF in November 1940. Originally powered by the Rolls Royce Merlin engine, once in service the Halifax was found to be underpowered. Thus the Bristol Hercules radial engine was introduced on the Mk.III onwards. The Halifax would serve with distinction throughout World War Two, flying over 75,000 and dropping some 227,610 tons of bombs. It also saw service with Coastal Command, Transport Command and the Airborne Services. The Halifax would fly its last sortie with the RAF in March 1952, and over 6,000 were built. While overshadowed by the Lancaster, the Halifax was just as critical in the Allied war effort and victory in Europe.

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Joe Bar Collection
Australian War Memorial
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Sources:
Airvectors: http://www.airvectors.net/avhalfax.html
Bomber Command Museum: https://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/handley-page-halifax/
Classic Warbirds: https://www.classicwarbirds.co.uk/british-aircraft/handley-page-halifax.php
RAF Museum: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collections/handley-page-halifax-ii/
Rickard, J (16 May 2007), Handley Page Halifax: http://www.historyofwar.org/subject_air_halifax.html
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum: https://www.tangmere-museum.org.uk/aircraft-month/handley-page-halifax

Books:
Halifax second to none by Victor Bingham
Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II
The Encyclopedia of Aircraft of World War II by Paul Eden

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