Wellington Mk Ic/L

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This page is about the British bomber Wellington Mk Ic/L. For other versions, see Wellington (Family).
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Wellington Mk Ic/L
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Description

The Wellington Mk Ic /Late is a rank II British bomber with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/SB) and 2.7 (RB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 572 m378 km/h
Turn time35 s
Max altitude6 500 m
Engine2 х Bristol Pegasus XVIII
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight14 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 366 352 6500 36.0 37.2 4.2 4.1 877
Upgraded 391 378 34.1 35.0 6.5 5.3

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 + -
530 264 315 264 223 ~5 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 275 < 275 < 310 > 320
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
900 m 1,005 hp 1,005 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,920 m 890 hp 890 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew5 people
Speed of destruction
Structural530 km/h
Gear264 km/h

The Wellington Mk Ic has no armor protection. The fuel tanks, oil coolers, and engines are all located in the wings. The crew are spread throughout the fuselage. Due to the lack of armor the crew, especially the gunners, are very vulnerable. This could lead to enemy fighters quickly disabling your gunners and leaving you defenseless.

  • No Armor Protection
  • Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 240 → 1 551 Sl icon.png
RB2 800 → 3 502 Sl icon.png
SB3 210 → 4 015 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 320 Rp icon.png
23 700 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training11 000 Sl icon.png
Experts38 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 270 / 300 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 500 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 500 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
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Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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TC mk.I
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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LBC mk.I
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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SBC mk.I
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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MBC mk.I
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 500 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png

The default bomb load is a meagre 10 x 250 lb (117 kg) so upgrading to 18 x 250 or 9 x 500 pounders (500 lb (226 kg)) should be task number one. In order: unlock the Turret 7 mm ammo first, then the TC mk.I (torpedo) rack, and then the LBC mk.I. Unlocking the 7 mm ammo gives access to the Universal AP-I belt as one works up to the bomb racks for 18 x 250 lb or 9 x 500 lb. After that, you can pursue your choice of upgrades.

Upgrades to the turret should also be considered. The different belts do not have a considerable effect, but the upgraded turrets allow for a longer rate of fire. Very important for the small rifle calibre machine guns.

However, speed and climb rate is also a necessity and the unlocks help the sluggish Wellington a lot. The decision should depend on the pilots flying style. When rushing in better armament will help in the retreat, but the better performance will aid even more to get to friendly zones.

The sneaky approach, on the other hand, relies less on speed, but on surviving the random combat encounters. Turret upgrades are the way to go for this playstyle.

Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups6
List of setups
Setup 110 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 218 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 39 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 42 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
6 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 52 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)
Setup 61 x H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bomb

The Wellington Mk Ic/L can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 10 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (2,500 lb total)
  • 18 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (4,500 lb total)
  • 9 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (4,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 6 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (3,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedoes
  • 1 x 4,000 lb H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bomb (4,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

2 х Turret7.7 mm Browning machine gun
Ammunition600 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min
Turret2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min
Turret2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun
Ammunition2400 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min

The Wellington Mk Ic/L is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, nose turret (1,200 rpg = 2,400 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, rear turret (2,000 rpg = 4,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, 2 x side turrets (600 rpg)

Usage in battles

As with all bombers, crew training with at least "Expert Qualification" is important for profitable missions.

Both the UK Wellington and German Mk I's ("Jelly Welly") are identical, the only difference being the UK Mk.1c/Late model has its side turrets slightly behind the wings instead of above them.

Tactics

In AB the winning tactic is to climb high and do base bombing with 500's "from orbit"; it helps to have escorts.

In RB you start in the air so you have the advantage to trade altitude for airspeed, bomb ground targets, and retreat before ground starting enemy fighters arrive, however, be close to friendlies so they can intercept chasers.

Counter-tactics

If you are attacking a Wellington, focus on its engines, they are relatively easy to set on fire. While you should not worry too much about the turrets, do not hang around either, as any connection could be dangerous.

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
Not auto controlled
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent payload
  • Versatile payload options
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Defensive turrets are easy to take out
  • Defensive armament is poor
  • Slow speed

History

Developed from the British Air Ministry's Specification B.9/32 in 1932, which called for a long range, twin-engine bomber capable of a range of 720 miles with a payload of 1,000 lbs, Vickers returned to the Ministry with a proposal for an aircraft with four times the range and bombload of the specification. Unsurprisingly, the Ministry ordered a prototype, designated the Vickers Type 271, which took off on its maiden flight on June 15, 1936 with Vickers Chief Test Pilot Joseph "Mutt" Summers at the controls. The aircraft, a mid-wing monoplane fitted with Bristol's Pegasus X engines outputting 915 HP each which drove a three-bladed, variable pitch propeller.

Unfortunately, the prototype crashed on April 19, 1937 after structural failure, throwing the pilot to safety who then deployed his parachute, but the radio operator wouldn't share the same luck. With trials nearly completed at the time, and the aircraft proving more than impressive, the Ministry removed another requirement, Specification B.29/36 to cover a production version as well as an initial order of aircraft. The name of the aircraft, Wellington, derived from the RAF's bomber tradition of naming the aircraft after towns, as well as echoing the 1st Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon.

The Mk.Ic was the second most produced variant of the Wellington, at 2,685 air-frames built between 1940 and 1942, and while virtually identical to the Mk.Ia, featured the removal of the ventral turret and replaced them with two machine gun positions firing from the sides. Another variation, a later modification of the Mk.Ic by factory and field, included extra metal plating replacing windows for added protection. Initially, Vickers "K" machine guns were used, located in front of the wings, but the majority of Mk.Ic aircraft carried a pair of Browning .303 machine guns located further back on the fuselage. While also featuring improved hydraulics and electrical systems, the aircraft was also the first version of the Wellington to feature Lorenz Blind Landing Equipment. Production of the Mk.Ic proceeded into Autumn 1942, with an entrance into service in April 1940 as a night time bomber as daylight bombing had been ceased at that point.

In-game description

In May 1940, the Vickers Wellington bomber was included in the list of aircraft declared a high priority by Great Britain's Ministry of Aircraft Production. The Wellington was built around Barnes Wallis' geodetic structure concept, maximising airframe strength for minimum weight. Powered by two Bristol Pegasus engines, the Wellington was first test flown in May 1936 and entered service with RAF Bomber Command in 1938. Full-scale production of the Mk.IC (Type 415) model started in April 1940; the most numerous of the Mk.Is, the Mk.IC differed from previous variants by replacing the ventral turret with guns fitted to the aircraft's beams. In place of the Frazer-Nash FN-25 turret, the Mk.IC featured two side blisters consisting of 0.303 inch Vickers Class K machine guns with 483 rounds each (7 flat pan magazines, standard capacity). The Mk.IC bombers of later series were fitted with Colt-Browning Mk.II .303 inch belt-fed machine guns with 600 rounds each. The standard bomb capacity was 4,500 lbs (2,041 kg); this was normally made up of nine 500-lb (227-kg) bombs or two 2,000-lb (907-kg) bombs. A special model, the Type 423, was based on the Wellington Mk.IC; it was able to deliver one 4,000-lb (1,816-kg) extra-heavy Cookie Mk.I or Mk.II bomb to the target. To accomplish this, the central bomb bay doors were removed and the bomb bay itself was modified. The defensive armament remained the same.

On the night of July 7th 1941, Sgt James Ward became the only Wellington crewman to win a Victoria Cross when his Mk.IC was hit by a German night fighter and its starboard engine set on fire. With a rope attached to him, Ward crawled out onto the wing and tearing holes in the aircraft's fabric for hand holds, reached the fire to extinguish it.

The Wellington served not only as a bomber, it was also modified for use in the maritime role for RAF Coastal Command. In January 1941, the Mk.IC began to be used as an anti-submarine patrol aircraft, although no design changes were made. In December 1941, the first torpedo bomber conversions were made.

The Wellington Mk.IC (TB) torpedo bomber was identical to the Mk.IC in terms of its engines and defensive armament but could carry up to two Mk.XII torpedoes.

The first special anti-submarine model designed for the RAF Coastal Command was the Type 428 Wellington GR Mk.VIII (TB). Its structure had the airframe of the later Mk.IC series. The GR Mk.VIII (TB) reconnaissance/torpedo bomber began production in the spring of 1942 in three versions: one version with radar, one version with a retractable searchlight (in place of a nose turret), and the last variant developed as a long range reconnaissance aircraft with extra fuel tanks installed in the bomb bay. All three, starting with the 66th production aircraft, were equipped with the same torpedo mount as the Mk.IC (TB) model.

The Wellington torpedo bombers were used for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea at the end of December 1941; anti-submarine models began to patrol the North Sea in May 1942. The first German submarine destroyed by these aircraft was sunk on July 6, 1942. 2,547 Mk.IC aircraft were produced, including 138 Mk.IC (TB) torpedo bombers and 271 GR Mk.VIII (TB) torpedo bombers.

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Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft Limited
Bombers  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic/L · Wellington Mk III ·  · Wellington Mk X
Captured  ▀Wellington Mk Ic

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