Great Britain is one of the three countries that produced the highest quality fighter aircraft that were employed in World War II, from the maneuverability, speed, power, and armament point of view. The other two are Germany and the United States. The most successful British fighter and the RAF’s workhorse in the first years of the war was the Supermarine Spitfire, which was perhaps the most maneuverable of the war, but it did not have enough range to be used as a bomber escort. Backed up by the Hawker Hurricane, this fighter aircraft was the main flying weapon with which the RAF won the Battle of Britain. Great Britain was second in bomber quality and production, lagging behind the United States. The most representative of the British heavy bombers was the Avro 683 Lancaster. In the ground attack role, however, ┬áthe most important aircraft used by the Royal Air Force was de Havilland Mosquito, which had been designed as a fast bomber, with a maximum speed over 600 km/h.

List of WWII British Aircraft

Fighters

See RAF fighters in World War II

Light Bomber

Fairey Battle

Medium and Heavy Bombers

Avro Lancaster

Handley Page Halifax

Short Stirling

Vickers Wellington

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

Handley Page Hampden

Bristol Blenheim

de Havilland Mosquito

Carrier-based Aircraft

Hawker Sea Hurricane. It was the naval version of the Hurricane used by the RAF

– Supermarine Seafire. Naval version of the Spitfire

Fairey Firefly

Fairey Barracuda

Fairey Fulmar

Blackburn Skua

Fairey Albacore

Fairey Swordfish

Below: the Supermarine Spitfire, the legendary British fighter

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de Havilland Mosquito; the most widely produced British medium/fast bomber

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