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Handley-Page HAMPDEN

The British Air Ministry issued a request for a new bomber in 1933 resulted in the two main medium-bombers that would be on strength at the outbreak of the war. The Vickers Wellington and Handley Page Hampden. The design of these two aircraft was a result of the Geneva convention which limited the weight of all new bombers to 6000 lbs empty.

Armed originally with only three machine guns and used in daylight bombing raids, increasing losses forced an increase in armament and a switch to night ops. The Hampden served operationally in the RAF Bomber Command until September 1942 and ...

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