Wellington Mk III

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Wellington Mk III
General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
10.4 tEmpty weight
15.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
7 000 mCeiling
sec38.8/38.8/35.0Turn Time
145 km/hStalling speed
2 х Bristol Hercules XIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
530 km/hStructural
264 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Browning machine gun2 х Turret
600 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
4 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
8 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 400 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
18 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
9 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 3
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
6 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 4
2 х 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)Setup 5
1 х H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bombSetup 6
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 424 / 4 314/2 538 / 3 197/1 540 / 1 940Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.36 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Wellington Mk III. For other uses, see Wellington (Disambiguation)


The Wellington Mk III in the garage

The Wellington Mk III is a Rank II British bomber with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 3.0 (RB), and 4.0 (SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
396 384 7 000 31.7 32.5 3.1 3.1 650
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
441 418 7 000 28.4 30.0 10.2 5.3 650


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
530 264 450 ~2 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 290 <290 < 320 >180
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,762 m 2,650 hp 3,066 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,429 m 2,400 hp 2,777 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the wings of aircraft (fuel, engine, controls)


Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Wellington Mk III can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 10 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 18 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 9 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 2 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedoes
  • 1 x H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bomb

Defensive armament

The Wellington Mk III is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, nose turret (1,200 RPG = 2,400 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, tail turret (2,000 RPG = 4,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, 2 x beam turret (2,500 RPG = 5,000 total)

Usage in the battles

As with any bomber, your main job is to bomb ground targets. Regardless of nation, bombers are designed to use speed and defensive guns to reach their target and return home. Unfortunately, somebody forgot to tell that to the Wellington's designer. Not only is this bomber slow, it also lacks any effective protective armour for the crew. The only good news here is the payload. With a max payload of 2045.5 kg or 4500 pounds, the Wellington can do some damage to enemy ground units. It can also carry a single 4000 pound bomb nicknamed "Cookie". This is great for nailing enemy bases, but the required removal of the bomb bay doors hampers aerodynamics, hence therefore reduces your already poor speed. Now, the Wellington can survive a fair amount of damage and keep flying, provided that it only receives fire from low caliber weapons. Unfortunately, the He 111H-6 has got less guns, but is faster and tougher with almost the same payload on the same battle rating. The He 111H-16 is better in many ways.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Has twice as many tail guns as its predecessor.
  • Can carry a reasonable maximum payload for a medium bomber.
  • Engines seem to be immortal, and are will remain operational even under heavy fire.
  • Can survive belly landings if need be.
  • Half decent at operating in the gunship role.
  • Engines are capable of using WEP.


  • Weaponry consists purely of 7.7mm machine guns, making fighting against fighters a serious challenge at best.
  • Low speed makes the lack of defensive guns painfully obvious.
  • Anything with a cannon will be able to kill you without a lot of trouble.
  • Gun turrets have no armour, meaning you will often find your self with multiple dead gunners when you are attacked.
  • Although you can carry torpedoes, they are some of the worst ones in the game do to the terrible drop requirements.
  • Tail controls are easily knocked out.


The Vickers Wellington was a twin-engine medium bomber used by RAF Bomber Command and Coastal Command. In May 1939 a prototype Wellington was fitted with Bristol Hercules engines; after successful trials with a converted Mk.IC, this model was launched for full-scale production at the beginning of 1941 under the designation of Wellington Mk.III (Type 417).

Production Mk.III aircraft were equipped with two 1,590 hp Bristol Hercules Mk.XI radial, air-cooled engines.

Building on the experience amassed by Wellington crews, the defensive armament was upgraded on later models; the Frazer-Nash FN-5A rear turret with two 0.303 inch machine guns was replaced with a Frazer-Nash FN-20 turret holding four 0.303 inch machine guns with 2,000 rounds each. The take-off weight of the Mk.III was increased to 15,650 kg while bomb capacity was reduced to 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg). Originally, the bomber was to be equipped with a ventral turret, the low-drag Frazer-Nash FN-21A, but the further decrease in bomb capacity was deemed to be unacceptable.

The Mk.III had its armor reinforced, all fuel tanks were self-sealing and barrage balloon cable cutters were positioned in the leading edge of the wings.

By 1941 the Wellington was used almost exclusively at night and, therefore, attention was given to decreasing the area of the glazing that visibly reflected moonlight or searchlight beams during night flights. To that end, the Mk.III differed from the late Mk.IC aircraft by removing side glazing and the side blisters of the bombardier/navigator's cockpit. The only side glazing that remained was from the trapezoidal gun blisters.

The Wellington Mk.III was manufactured until the end of 1943, and a combined total of 1,519 bombers were produced.


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Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · ▄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 /Late · 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
Canberra  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
Attackers  ▄Wirraway