Hampden TB Mk I (USSR)
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 7
|This page is about the Soviet medium bomber Hampden TB Mk I (USSR). For other uses, see Hampden (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
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 premium, lend-lease, Soviet rank 1 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.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,250 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,250 m)
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|Take-off run (meters)|
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| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
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Survivability and armour
- 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of pilot, top of fuselage.
- 9.5 mm Steel plate behind the dorsal gunner.
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.
The Hampden TB Mk I (USSR) can be outfitted with the following:
- 6 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,500 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 4 x 500 lb bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 4 x G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (4,000 lb total)
- 1 x 18 inch Mk.XII torpedo
- 6 x 500 lb bombs (3,000 lb total)
- 4 x G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs + 2 x 500 lb bombs (5,000 lb total)
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 gun, 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.
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 unarmored aircraft, but will struggle against anything with a small amount of armor. 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
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Turret 7 mm||Offensive 7 mm||MBC-B|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs||MBC mk.III|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 7 mm MGs (turret)||Turret 12 mm||TSC mk.II|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 12 mm MGs (turret)||SBC mk.II|
- As the Hampden TB is a premium, all modules come pre-researched.
Pros and cons
- 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 maneuverability for a bomber
- Can carry a torpedo for anti-shipping runs
- 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
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.
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