Hampden Mk I

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Hampden Mk I
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
10.7 tTake-off weight
0.17 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 310 mCeiling
2 х Bristol Pegasus XVIIIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
506 km/hStructural
225 km/hGear
Offensive armament
7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun5 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
950 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
4 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 3
4 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bombSetup 4
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png810 / 1 019/870 / 1 095/360 / 453Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
70 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British bomber Hampden Mk I. For other uses, see Hampden (Family).


GarageImage Hampden Mk I.jpg

The Hampden Mk I is a rank I British bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

The Hampden is one of the first bombers you get in the British tree, and without a doubt defines the style of flying for the remainder of the tree. Its decent performance combined with all-powerful bomb load can quickly rack your score up into the thousands. On maps like Essen, use your superior speed to bomb the ground targets before any other bombers, then drop your altitude and rearm at the airfield. After, fly low with a bomb delay and hit the remaining targets or bases.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,962 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 404 388 8 310 27.1 27.9 5.3 5.3 366
Upgraded 460 428 25.0 26.0 10.9 7.6


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
506 225 410 410 210 ~5 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 315 < 310 < 300 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,448 m 815 hp 1,043 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,496 m 750 hp 960 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of cockpit on fuselage top.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate behind the dorsal gunner.


Offensive armament

The Hampden Mk I is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, nose-mounted (300 rpg)

Suspended armament

The Hampden Mk I can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1,000 lb G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (4,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Vickers K (7.7 mm)

The Hampden Mk I is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (500 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine guns, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

The below tactics can be used in all games modes:

How to offensively Engage an enemy aircraft:

If you happen to see an enemy aircraft, you should not engage. Only in cases that he is the last enemy player should you dare to attack him. Try and climb above him then dive to get in front of him. Then use your four 7.7 mm machine guns to tear into his cockpit and knock out his pilot, engines and forward gunners.

How to perform defensive fighting:

Should an enemy fighter move to engage you, do not try to outmanoeuvre him. Simply dive and go as low as you safely can while in gunner view and aim for his engine. Try and damage it or give him some nasty leaks to scare him off. If you're lucky he will burst into flames and fall to the ground.

Specific enemies worth noting

The planes to be feared are usually those that carry cannons or 12.7 mm machine guns. Those planes will easily shred this plane with no problems as it does not react well to damage.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm Offensive 7 mm MBC-B
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine New 7 mm MGs (turret) MBC mk.III
IV Engine injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Third heaviest payload for its BR (behind the Ju 88 A-4 and the Hampden TB Mk I).
  • Offensive machine gun can be useful for killing soft ground targets.
  • Back gunner makes short work of low tier planes.
  • Decent manoeuvrability for a bomber.


  • Terrible roll rate.
  • Possibility to face planes with 20 mm cannons and 12.7 mm guns.
  • Vickers machine gun isn't very accurate.
  • Unlike the Hampden TB Mk I it cannot carry a torpedo.
  • Does not like to take battle damage.
  • No protection for pilot when enemy planes attack you head on.
  • Hits to the wings can start fuel tank fires due to all the fuel tanks being internally mounted in the wings.
  • Rear gunners' arc is very limited.
  • Carrying the largest payload option will slow the plane to a crawl.


The Handley Page Hampden was the last and fastest twin-engined bomber of the "trio" during the "Phoney" War. It was designed to meet Air Ministry Specification B.9/32 which called for a faster, heavier, and more powerful bomber that would replace the existing Bristol Blenheim and the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley. The designer, G.V Vokert, designed an interesting prototype, designated HP.52. This plane was originally powered by Napier Sabre Dagger engines, but switched to the more powerful Bristol Pegasus radial engines. Originally the Hampden had two Vickers K gun in ventral and dorsal positions, which proved to be inadequate for daylight defence. This was then switched to two Vickers K guns with modifications. The Hampden had many nicknames, because of the slim, compact and cramped fuselage it was nicknamed the "Flying Suitcase". It was oddly similar in role and appearance to the German fast day-bomber Do 17, which had the nickname "Flying Pencil".

RAF Squadron No.49 was the first to receive their new Hampdens. Bearing the brunt of early bombing raids on Europe. The Hampden proved no match for Luftwaffe fighters. It was subsequently switched to various night time operations, such as mine-laying, bombing raids on German soil, propaganda and torpedo bombing. Despite having great speed and manoeuvrability, the Hampden was declared obsolete and retired from service in 1942.


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See also

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Export  ▂Hampden TB Mk I

Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II · ▄Avenger Mk II
Dive  V-156-B1
Hydroplanes  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V
Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic/L · Wellington Mk III · Wellington Mk X
Halifax  Halifax B Mk IIIa
Stirling  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III
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