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British Aircraft of World War II

By approximate delivery date of the first model
Index of articles for WWII British Aircraft ~ Click on thumbnails

Bombers Fighters Carrier based Flying boats Transport


~ British WWII Bombers


     
         
Blenheim
Bristol Blenheim


Short Stirling
Short Stirling

Avro Lancaster
Avro Landcaster


Halifax
Halifax


De Havilland Mosquito
Mosquito



~ British WWII Fighters


     
         
Gladiator
Gloster Gladiator


Hawker Hurricane
Hawker Hurricane


Spitfire MK IIA
SpitfireMk IIA


Spitfire MK XI
Spitfire MK XI

Spitfire MK XII
Spitfire MK XII

Defiant
Defiant


Beaufighter
Bristol Beaufighter


Fulmar
Fairey Fulmar


Hawker Typhoon
Hawker Typhoon


Meteor MK III
Meteor Mk III



~ British WWII Carrier-based torpedo planes


   
         
Fairey Swordfish
Fairey Swordfish


Fairey Firefly
Fairey Firefly


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~ British WWII Flying boat


   
Short Sunderland
Short Sunderland


 

~ British WWII Transport


   
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
Albemarle


 


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Production numbers
British aircraft in WWII

Bombers > 27,068
Fighters > 37,367
Carrier based aircraft >  4,102
Flying boats
>     700
Transport
>     600
UK national insignias - aircraft


The British national insignia was placed upon the top and bottom of both wings and both sides of the fuselage. A red, white, and blue, stripe was painted on the tail fin leading with the red.


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Pre-war insignia Pre-war insignia

Underside - Wings:
As show on the left, the general aircraft insignia in 1939, was concentric circles of blue, white, and red, and was placed on the underside of the wings of aircraft painted in camouflage. Upon commencement of the war with Japan, aircraft in the Far East had the central disc changed to white or a light blue.


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UK national ensignia pre-World War II UK national ensignia pre-World War II

Topside of wings: The insignia shown on the left was placed on the top of the wings of aircraft painted in camouflage. Upon commencement of the war with Japan, aircraft in the Far East had the central red disc changed to white or a light blue.



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UK national ensignia pre-World War II UK national ensignia pre-World War II

Fuselage: The insignia on the left was placed on the fuselage of aircraft painted in camouflage. Upon commencement of the war with Japan, aircraft in the Far East had the central red disc changed to white or a light blue..


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Insignia later in war Insignia later in war

Later in the war: The placement of the various insignias remained the same but the yellow and white rings were substantially narrowed later in the war.

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Tail insignia later in warInsignia on tail fin

Tail: The tail fin insignia on the left was used until 1942. At that time the white stripe in the tail fin marking was reduced in sized,the red and blue stripes were correspondingly increased.