Wellington Mk III

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Wellington Mk III
wellington_mk3.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.0/3.0/3.3BR
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
RadialType
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
Economy
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 100 / 5 166/3 060 / 3 855/1 540 / 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
This page is about the British bomber Wellington Mk III. For other uses, see Wellington (Family).

Description

GarageImage Wellington Mk III.jpg


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 1.27.

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.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
398 384 7 000 31.3 32.5 3.1 3.1 650
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
441 418 7 000 28.4 30.0 10.2 5.3 650

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
530 264 355 ~5 ~3
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 275 < 275 < 310 > 320
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
310 m 1,325 hp 1,621 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,810 m 1,200 hp 1,468 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.

Armaments

Suspended armament

The Wellington Mk III 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

The Wellington Mk III is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, nose turret (1,200 rpg = 2,400 total)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, rear turret (2,000 rpg = 8,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, 2 x side turrets (1,200 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Has twice as many tail guns as its predecessor.
  • Can carry a reasonable maximum payload for a medium bomber.
  • Engines seem to be indestructible, and 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.

Cons:

  • Weaponry consists purely of 7.7 mm 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 yourself with multiple dead gunners when you are attacked.
  • Although you can carry torpedoes, they are some of the worst ones in the game due to the terrible drop requirements.
  • Tail controls are easily knocked out.

History

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.

Media

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See also

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External links

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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