HP59 Halifax B MKII (Series 1)


On charge of the squadron from October 1941 to September 1943


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HP59 Halifax B MkII (Series 1) Profile © Malcolm Barrass

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  • Engines: 4 Merlin XX engines
  • Armament:
    • Front Turret: Two .303 Browning machine guns mounted in a Boulton & Paul C MKII turret
    • Mid-Upper Turret: Two .303 Browning machine guns mounted in a Boulton & Paul C MKII turret
    • Rear Turret: Four .303 Browning machine guns mounted in a Boulton & Paul E MKI turret
  • Fuel capacity: 1882 gallons
  • All up weight:  60,000lb (13,000lb bombload)

 

The aircraft suffered from lack of engine power (due to the bulky exhaust system and the bulbous mid-upper turret) and a poorly designed tail unit, making it difficult to fly