Aeroplane Monthly 1986-09
E.Morgan, E.Shacklady - The basketweave bomber (2)
Wellington Is of 149 Sqn. Based at Mildenhall; the squadron first equipped with Wellingtons in January 1939 and began night bombing in May 1940.
Part of a batch of Wellingtons fresh from the production line in early 1940, with armament still to be installed.
Mk IC P9249 was allocated to 38 Sqn. It crashed on the approach to Marham in June 1940.
Wellington I L4288 leads three other 9 Sqn Wellingtons over the English countryside for the benefit of Charles E. Brown’s camera in 1939. L4288 crashed near Honington on October 30 of that year after a mid-air collision.
W5379 was a Mk II, with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines and a Frazer-Nash turret in the nose.
The Wellington DWI used a magnetic coil weighing some 2 1/2 tons for seeking out German magnetic mines.
"Противоминный" Wellington DWI Mk.I оснащался большим дюралевым кругом, по которому пропускался высоковольтный ток. Возникающее магнитное поле должно было подрывать немецкие магнитные мины, которые выставляли в базах, портах и гаванях. Круг имел диаметр 14,6 м и весил 2250 кг, не оказывая особого влияния на летные характеристики самолета, исключая увеличение взлетной дистанции. Такие Wellington получили прозвище "Flying Magnet" или "Wedding Ring Wimpey".
A Wellington DWI flying over Tripoli harbour in Libya. The ring had a diameter of 48ft.
Wellington I fuselages in the erecting shop at Weybridge in 1939, with front turrets designed by Wallis nearing completion.
Каркасы фюзеляжей "Веллингтонов" Mk.I на авиазаводе в Бруклендсе. Начало 1939г.