Hampden TB Mk I (USSR)

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This page is about the Soviet medium bomber Hampden TB Mk I (USSR). For other versions, see Hampden (Family).
▂Hampden TB Mk I
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▂Hampden TB Mk I
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Description

The ▂Hampden TB Mk I UTK-1 is a premium rank I Soviet medium bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB) and 2.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

The Hampden TB is a lend-lease Soviet bomber of British design, and plays much as standard tree Soviet bombers do. Its good performance and respectable payload can destroy a bombing point in one go, and still have some to spare. It can also carry a torpedo, making it an effective anti-carrier craft. However, it is not well equipped to defend itself, and as such suffers in up-tiers.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 250 m406 km/h
Turn time34 s
Max altitude9 400 m
Engine2 х Bristol Pegasus XVIII
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight11 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,250 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 382 366 9400 35.4 36.0 6.9 6.9 326
Upgraded 436 406 32.6 34.0 14.5 9.3

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 + -
506 225 388 359 210 ~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 pilot, top of fuselage.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate behind the dorsal gunner.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB1 700 Sl icon.png
SB2 160 Sl icon.png
Crew training1 400 Sl icon.png
Experts9 000 Sl icon.png
Aces80 Ge icon.png
Research Aces270 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 30 / 70 / 120 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 106 / 106 / 106 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
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Cover
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MBC-B
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MBC mk.III
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ub_turret_belt_pack
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TSC mk.II
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SBC mk.II

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition300 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min
Main article: Browning (7.7 mm)

The Hampden TB Mk I (USSR) is armed with:

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

The four machine guns are arranged in bundles of two mounted on the underside of the upper wing. Each are armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.

Suspended armament

Number of setups7
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
Setup 51 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)
Setup 66 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 74 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb

The Hampden TB Mk I (USSR) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 450 mm 18 inch Mark XII torpedo
  • 6 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs + 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (5,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Turret12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun
Ammunition400 rounds
Fire rate1027 shots/min
3 х Turret7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate950 shots/min

The Hampden TB Mk I (USSR) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (400 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (500 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine guns, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

This bomber is strictly that; a bomber. With a mediocre defensive armament and only a single offensive 7.7, engaging enemy aircraft is an absolute last resort. The lack of defensive capabilities, combined with the thin tail and wings, make the Hampden TB a fragile aircraft. Upon spawning, climb at a very shallow angle to increase your speed and altitude at the same time. When the bomb points are in range, level off and drop your load. This will make you significantly lighter and allow you to return to base extremely quickly. During this time, one must take care to avoid aircraft that will now be at your altitude. A shallow dive will allow a boost in speed, and a corkscrew over the airfield will let you drop the remaining altitude without ripping due to speed.

Specific enemies worth noting

Any vehicle with an offensive armament of more than machine guns will shred the Hampden. Flak can be very dangerous due to the fragility of the aircraft, and the large glass nose almost always results in your forward gunner dying when engaging enemy units. All in all, avoid any contact with enemy vehicles.

Counter-tactics

For its BR, the Hampden is quite fast at altitude. It can turn well at lower speeds, but this feature should not be utilized if you're being engaged. The most effective method of escaping combat is to run, ditching your bombs if absolutely necessary. Its bottom and forward gunners can deal with unarmoured aircraft, but will struggle against anything with a small amount of armour. There is, however, a Berezin UB machine gun in the top rear turret that can effectively deal with most fighters if needed.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Carries a large payload for rank I aircraft
  • Offensive Machine gun can be useful for killing soft ground targets and fighters
  • Top rear gunner makes short work of low tier planes
  • Good speed and overall manoeuvrability for a bomber
  • Can carry a torpedo for anti-shipping runs

Cons:

  • Roll rate is to be expected of a fast bomber
  • Cannons obliterate the airframe easily
  • Vickers K machine guns lack accuracy
  • British torpedoes require a low drop speed

History

The Handley Page Hampden was the last and fastest twin-engined bomber of the aircraft 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 equipped with 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 defense. This was then switched to two Vickers K gun with modifications. The Hampden had many nicknames because of the slim, compact, and cramped fuselage. It was often nicknamed the "Flying Suitcase". Oddly similar in role and appearance to the German fast day-bomber Do 17, which had the nickname the "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 maneuverability, the Hampden was declared obsolete and retired from service in 1942.

Media

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

USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30

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Bombers  Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
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