Halifax B Mk IIIa

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Halifax B Mk IIIa
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The Halifax B Mk IIIa is a rank II British bomber with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB) and 4.3 (SB). It 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 outclass almost every rank 2 and 3 bombers in terms of payload. It will also generally beat every same battle-rated bomber in the payload department as well. However, being a heavy bomber has its drawbacks. 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, this bomber does not have any ventral turrets, leaving a massive defensive gap directly under the aircraft. You also only have one singular machine gun able to cover the fore-lower approach to your aircraft and little in the way of armour plating for the pilot other than a steel bulkhead that won't protect against cannon shells or rifle calibre bullets well. However, if you can keep safe and deliver your payload, you will find this to be a very effective bomber.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

A Halifax in action over Sicily.
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,115 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
435 419 7620 35.0 35.8 3.8 3.8 750
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,115 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
477 454 7620 33.2 34.0 9.9 6.5 750


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
520 ~4 ~3
Optimal velocities
< 350 < 370 < 350 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,447 m 1,400 hp 1,596 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,115 m 1,300 hp 1,482 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6.35 mm steel in front and floor of the cockpit
  • 8 mm steel behind the pilot and in rear fuselage bulkhead


Suspended armament

The Halifax B Mk IIIa can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 15 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (3,750 lb total)
  • 15 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (7,500 lb total)
  • 9 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs + 6 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (12,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

The Halifax B Mk IIIa is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, dorsal turret (600 rpg = 2,400 total)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, tail turret (1,700 rpg = 6,800 total)

Usage in battles

The Halifax Mark IIIa is the first true "heavy" bomber that an allied player will unlock. It has engines that do well at higher altitudes- 4500 metres- and it has a large payload of nearly 12000lbs of bombs, going by weight. This is sufficient so that one Halifax can, on their own, annihilate all three minibases and take a small chunk out of the enemy airfield, and otherwise, it can take a sizeable chunk out of the airfield- around three-quarters of the base's total HP. Two Halifax can annihilate all the bases and the airfield together.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator SUBC mk.I
II Compressor Airframe Turret 7 mm
III Wings repair Engine MBC mk.III
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)

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 Battles) Full payload lets it take out all three bases in one pass with four 1,000 lb bombs to spare (first base : 6 x 500 lb + 1 x 1,000 lb / second base : 2 x 1,000 lb / third base : 2 x 1,000 lb / airfield : 4 x 1,000 lb
  • Full payload can also take out 3/4 of an Airfield's HP in the BR 3.7-4.7 range
  • 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
  • Defensive armament is decent for a British bomber. You can put eight guns rearward to defend against enemy targets
  • Tail gunner has a lot of ammunition (4 x 7.7 mm machine guns with 1,700 rounds per gun). In addition, he can fire almost directly down, directly under the turret, so unless an enemy goes directly under your airframe, you should have time to react and fire a few bursts
  • Economical plane to fly as an easy Silver Lion Sl icon.png and Research Points Rp icon.png grinder
  • The aircraft, if in the hands of a capable pilot, can continue to fly with horrific damage to control surfaces and engines


  • Large target
  • Priority target (in Arcade battles) to be eliminated
  • 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. In addition, the pilot is not armoured, and is vulnerable to a head-on, since the only frontal defence is a single 7.7mm gun
  • 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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See also

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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