Vickers Wellington

Philip Birtles

The Vickers Wellington seen in RAF bomber design, development, production, and combat service. The Wellington crews served with distinction in this versatile aircraft from before the Second World War until the 1950s, throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Date Published :
December 2022
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
194 black-and-white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781558683
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.02 inches
Stock Status : In stock


This book covers the design, development, production and operational service of the Vickers Wellington from before the Second World War through to the 1950s. The aircraft and crews served with great distinction from the start to the end of the Second World War despite heavy losses. The aircraft was operated by Bomber Command until replaced by the bigger four engine heavy bombers, and played a major part in the Mediterranean Theatre. Its versatility was show with maritime operations against the U-boat threat. It was also used for transport and the hazards of aircrew training. It’s geodetic construction, developed from the airship era, made it rugged and capable of absorbing battle damage bring its crews home safely from combat over hostile territory.

About The Author

Philip Birtles joined the de Havilland Aeronautical School as an engineering apprentice in September 1957. Following training, he joined John Cunningham— the chief test pilot as PA. Philip was then appointed deputy PR Manager at Hawker Siddeley Aviation, before moving to BAe Dynamics Group at Stevenage as PR Manager. A return was made to Hatfield with responsibility for customer acceptances for the BAe.146 airliner, until the factory closed in early 1994. Philip has written some 40 books on aerospace, his first one being published in 1980 and has been involved with the de Havilland Aircraft Museum for over 40 years.


Introduction; Design and Development; Early Wellington Operations; Main Force Operations; Aircrew Training; Wellingtons in the Mediterranean; Maritime Operations; Asia, Africa, and Arabia; Multi-role Wellingtons; Post-War Service; Foreign Air Forces; Preserved Wellingtons; Appendix I: Specifications; Appendix II: Production; Appendix III: Service Units; Further Reading

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