Hampden Mk I

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This page is about the British bomber Hampden Mk I. For other versions, see Hampden (Family).
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Hampden Mk I
AB RB SB
1.7 1.7 1.7
Class:
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Description

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

Max speed
at 3 962 m428 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude8 310 m
Engine2 х Bristol Pegasus XVIII
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight11 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,962 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 404 388 8310 27.1 27.9 5.3 5.3 366
Upgraded 460 428 25.0 26.0 10.9 7.6

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
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

Crew4 people
Speed of destruction
Structural506 km/h
Gear225 km/h
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of cockpit on fuselage top.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate behind the dorsal gunner.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB380 → 479 Sl icon.png
RB1 210 → 1 525 Sl icon.png
SB960 → 1 210 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications4 450 Rp icon.png
2 710 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost300 Ge icon.png
Crew training600 Sl icon.png
Experts2 100 Sl icon.png
Aces40 Ge icon.png
Research Aces110 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 80 / 90 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
180 Rp icon.png
Cost:
110 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
180 Rp icon.png
Cost:
110 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
200 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
720 Rp icon.png
Cost:
440 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
200 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
720 Rp icon.png
Cost:
440 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
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Research:
180 Rp icon.png
Cost:
110 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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bmg303_belt_pack
Research:
180 Rp icon.png
Cost:
110 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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MBC-B
Research:
180 Rp icon.png
Cost:
110 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
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bmg303_new_gun
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
200 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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MBC mk.III
Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 17.7 mm Browning machine gun
Ammunition300 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min

The Hampden Mk I is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

Number of setups4
List of setups
Setup 16 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 22 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 34 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 44 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb

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

5 х Turret7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate950 shots/min
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

Hampden Mk I is an average early bomber which even though is average it should not be taken lightly, being able to take with quite a large bombload for it size it can take out bomb points and ground targets with ease.

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 it. Only in cases where it's the last enemy player or it should be at and disadvantage should the Hampden be brave enough to attack an enemy aircraft. Hampden should try and climb above the enemy then dive to get in front of target. Then use its defensive four 7.7 mm machine guns to tear into enemy aircrafts cockpit and knock out the pilot, engines and forward gunners. This way try to use the defensive armarments in an offensive way. Since the single offensive 30.cal machine gun might not put out enough firepower to take out better enemy aircrafts than the reserve and lower battle rating aircrafts since it's only a single 30.cal with 300 rounds will limit the damage the Hampden can do.

How to perform defensive fighting: Best way for the Hampden Mk I to defend itself is by trying to get the enemy aircraft to get on the rear where it's 4x7.7mm Vickers K Machine guns got the coverage to be able to fire at the enemy, lacking 360 degree turrets makes the Vickers have a limited area of coverage and leaving alot of the plane exposed for enemy fighters to swoop in from. So best course of action its to get them on the Hampden's tail.

Should an enemy fighter move to engage the Hampden, do not try to outmanoeuvre it. Simply dive and go as low as it safely can while in gunner view and aim for the enemy engine. Try and damage it or give it some critical damage to fend it off. If one is lucky it will burst into flames or the pilot be knocked out and it will be out of the battle for good.

Specific enemies worth noting

The planes to be feared are usually those that carry cannons or 12.7 mm machine guns. These kind of planes can easily cause heavy damage to the Hampden. Planes like: P-400, P-40, LaGG-3, Ki-45 and J22-B. But those are not the only threats, since there is alot more aircrafts that will be a considerable threat to Hampden Mk I

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

History

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.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Handley Page Limited
Bombers  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I · Halifax B Mk IIIa
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
Lancaster  Lancaster B Mk I · Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II
Attackers  ▄Wirraway