Salvage Halifax 1944 Foundation

The Handley Page Halifax


The Halifax shared with the Lancaster the major burden of Bomber Command's night bombing campaign against Nazi Germany but unlike the Lancaster, which only served as a bomber during the war, the Halifax was used extensively on other duties including glider-tug, agent dropping transport and general reconnaissance aircraft in Coastal Command.

It was the second British four-engined bomber to enter service in World War Two. Nevertheless the first to bomb Germany when one took part in a raid on Hamburg on the night of 12-13 March 1941. Due to mounting losses on Bomber Command operations over Germany Halifax bombers were restricted to less hazardous targets from September 1943.

However, between 1941 and 1945 the Halifax made over 75000 bombing sorties and dropped 227610 tons (231300 tonnes) of bombs; more than a quarter of all bombs dropped on Germany by the Royal Air Force.

Altogether 6176 Halifaxs were built for the RAF, in many versions. Later bombers had more powerful engines, including the 1615 - 1800 Bristol Hercules radial on the Marks III, VI, and VII. The design was improved, with a streamlined nose instead of a turret, to improve her performance and so reduce losses. Some Halifax bombers operated against the Afrika Korps, from Egypt; others flew as special duties squadron, dropping agents and arms by parachute to help the Resistance movement in Europe. In other forms, Halifaxs served with distinction with Coastal Command and as paratroop transports and glider tugs.

The legendary Halifax "Friday the 13th" which flew 128 successful missions with 158 Squadron, from Lissett, East Yorkshire is exposed in the Yorkshire Air Museum. This aircraft is one of the three surviving Halifaxes. This VICTORIA CROSS HALIFAX with serial number LV907 came almost on the same day from the assembly line as the LV905 that crashed on May 25 near Hank. A small difference between fame and sorrow!


The Handley Page Halifax Mk.III

The Handley Page Halifax Mk.III heavy bomber had four1,615 hp Bristol Hercules XVI radial engines and gross weight increased to 64,000 lb (29,056 kg). Prototype converted from first B Mk II Srs 1 (Special), flown on October 12, 1942, and first production Mk III on August 29, 1943.

Technische gegevens

De Handley Page Halifax Heavy Bomber Mark.III

  • serial nr. LV905
  • Geproduceerd bij :Handley Page Ltd, Radlett
  • Contract nr. :ACFT/1688/C4/C
  • Referentie nr. :HA4/E11/41
  • Type :Bomber Mark III's
  • Aantal besteld :225
  • Batch serie nr's :LV893 t/m LV923
  • Batch geleverd :Tussen 25-02-1944 en 12-03-1944
  • Geleverd aan :78 Squadron, Breighton
  • Eenheid code :EY-
  • Motoren :4 x de Bristol Hercules XVI (14 cilinder) van elk 1675 pk.
  • Spanwijdte :31,75 meter
  • Lengte :30,12 meter
  • Hoogte :6,32 meter
  • Gewicht leeg :17.347 kg
  • Gewicht beladen :29.484 kg
  • Maximum snelheid :446 km/u (277 mph) op een hoogt van 1829 meter (6.000 ft.)
  • Kruissnelheid :362 km/u (225 mph) op een hoogt van 6096 meter (20.000 ft.)
  • Actieradius :2848 km
  • Bemanning :7, Pilot, Navigator, Air bomber, Wireless operator, Flight engineer and 2 Air gunners.
  • Bewapening toestel :8 x 0.303 Browning machinegeweren en 1 x 0.303 Vickers machinegeweer.
  • Max. Bommenlast :5898 kg (13.000Lbs)