Halifax B Mk IIIa

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Halifax B Mk IIIa
General characteristics
7 peopleCrew
32.7 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
7 620 mCeiling
4 х Bristol Hercules XVIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
541 km/hStructural
260 km/hGear
Defensive armament
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
6 800 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 400 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Vickers K machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
950 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
15 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
15 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
6 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
9 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bomb
Setup 3
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 500 / 6 863/5 600 / 6 988/2 070 / 2 583Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
320 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png


The Halifax B Mk IIIa in the garage

The Halifax B Mk IIIa is a Rank II British bomber with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB) and 4.3 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows".

The Halifax is an interesting member of the British bomber line. It is the first true British heavy bomber, a big change from its predecessors, which are all either flying boats, medium, or light bombers. With the transition to heavy bombers, comes a change in tactics. The Halifax will out class almost every tier 2 and 3 bomber in terms of payload. It will also generally beat every same BR bomber in payload as well. However, being a heavy bomber has its draw backs. Compared to nearly all previous British bombers, this one is slower, and has a noticeably slow climb rate. While the payload upgrade is nice, the Halifax is not very durable. Worse, the Halifax lacks effective defensive weapons, a flaw of nearly all British bombers. The main priority, as a result, should be targeting bases, and avoiding opposing pilots as much as possible. Use high altitude and less direct travel routes to get to your targets. If you are engaged, your defensive guns can save you, but they are not very reliable. In addition, you have no ventral turret, leaving a massive defensive gap. If you can keep safe, and deliver your payload, you will find this to be a very effective bomber.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,115 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
432 418 7 620 35.3 35.8 2.3 3.8 750
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,115 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
477 454 7 620 33.2 34.0 9.9 6.5 750


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
541 260  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,300 m  ?,??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6.35 mm steel in front and floor of cockpit
  • 8 mm steel behind pilot and in rear fuselage bulkhead
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the wings of aircraft (fuel, engine, controls)


Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Halifax B Mk IIIa can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 15 x G.P 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 15 x G.P 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 9 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs + 6 x G.P 500 lb Mk.IV bombs

Defensive armament

The Halifax B Mk IIIa is defended by:

  • 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine gun, tail turret (1,700 RPG= 6,800 total)
  • 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (600 RPG = 2,400 total)
  • 1 x 7.7mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (1000 RPG)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

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


  • Versatile - It is capable of flying low-altitude runs for minibases, or high-altitude bomb runs.
  • Can carry an overwhelming 12,000 lb of bombs, giving it the heaviest payload at RanK II-III, and outclasses many Rank IV bombers
  • (Realistic Battle) Full payload lets it take out all three bases in one pass with two 1,000 lb bombs to spare (first base : 6 x 500 lb + 1 x 1,000 lb / second base : 3 x 1,000 lb / third base : 3 x 1,000 lb / airfield : 2 x 1,000 lb.
  • Fast and fairly manoeuvrable for a heavy bomber, with flaps that do not rip easily
  • Performance is almost unaffected by payload options due to internal payload carriage that doesn't create drag
  • Fantastic climb rate with WEP; can easily reach 6,000 m with full payload just by side climbing (which is heavily advised to minimize interception)
  • Can fly with two engines if needed - or even one, if trying to land.
  • Matchmaking typically places the bomber against planes less deadly than the ones later British bombers face
  • Defensive armament is decent for a British bomber
  • Tail gunner has a lot of ammunition (4 x 7.7 mm machine guns with 1,700 rounds per gun)
  • Impressive aircraft overall in terms of bombers, arguably outclassing the succeeding Stirling in the next rank and can be a game changer for the team if left unchecked
  • Economical plane to fly as an easy Silver Lion and Research Points grinder with an incredibly cheap repair cost


  • Large target
  • Priority target (in Arcade battle) that smart players will aim for first
  • Stock payload is useless for base bombing
  • Nose is defended by a single 7.7 mm gun and the belly has no machine gun coverage, leaving them very vulnerable for enemy attacks
  • 7.7 mm turrets are overall not very effective
  • Only one pilot, no copilot like other bombers
  • WEP causes overheating unless manual engine control is used to force radiators open
  • Fragile structure compared to most competing bombers and previous British bombers
  • Severe lack of armour for crew leaves them vulnerable


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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