List of aircraft of the United Kingdom in World War II

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Here is a list of aircraft used by the British Royal Air Force, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, Army Air Corps and British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)[1] during the Second World War.

Fighters & Fighter-Bombers[edit]

Brewster Buffalo Mk I
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Hawker Hurricane Mk I

Torpedo bombers, Dive Bombers and Army Cooperation[edit]

de Havilland Mosquito

Bombers[edit]

Avro Manchester Mk IA
Avro Lancaster

Maritime Patrol and Coastal Reconnaissance[edit]

Short Sunderland
Consolidated Catalina Mk II

Photo Reconnaissance[edit]

Trainers and Target Tugs[edit]

Avro Anson trainer
North American Harvard Mk.I

Transport and Communications aircraft[edit]

De Havilland Dominie
Model name Introduction Retired Build Operator
Airspeed Envoy 1934 1952 52 Royal Air Force
Airspeed Courier 1933 1947 16 Royal Air Force (impressed)
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle 1940 1945 602 Royal Air Force
Armstrong Whitworth Ensign 1938 1946 14 BOAC
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley 1937 1945 1814 Royal Air Force
Avro Lancastrian 1945 1960 91 BOAC
Avro York 1944 1964 259 Royal Air Force
Beechcraft Expeditor 1937 & 9000 Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
Boeing Clipper 1939 1946 12# BOAC
Bristol Bombay 1939 1944 51 Royal Air Force
Bristol Buckingham 1943 1945 119 Royal Air Force
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado 1937 1946 217# Royal Air Force
Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1943 1945 18482# Royal Air Force
de Havilland Albatross 1938 1943 7 Imperial Airways, BOAC, Royal Air Force (impressed)
de Havilland Express 1934 1941 62 Royal Air Force, Royal Navy (impressed)
de Havilland Dragon Rapide 1934 1958 731 Royal Air Force, Royal Navy (impressed)
de Havilland Dragonfly 1936 1945 67 Royal Air Force (impressed)
de Havilland Flamingo 1939 1950 14 Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, BOAC
de Havilland Hornet Moth 1934 & 164 Royal Air Force (impressed)
de Havilland Leopard Moth 1933 & 133 Royal Air Force (impressed)
de Havilland Mosquito 1941 1963 7781 BOAC
de Havilland Moth Minor 1937 & 140 Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
de Havilland Puss Moth 1930 & 140 Royal Air Force (impressed)
Douglas Dakota 1942 & 10000# Royal Air Force
Douglas C-54 Skymaster 1942 1975 1170# Royal Air Force
Fairchild Argus 1932 1948 2232# Royal Air Force
Foster Wikner Warferry 1936 & 10 Royal Air Force (impressed)
Grumman G-21 Goose 1935 & 345# Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
Grumman Gosling 1940 & 317# Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
Handley Page Halifax 1940 1961 6176 Royal Air Force
Handley Page H.P.42 1931 1940 4 Royal Air Force
Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow 1937 1945 100 Royal Air Force
Hawker Hardy 1934 1941 8 Royal Air Force
Heston Phoenix 1936 1952 6 Royal Air Force
Percival Petrel 1938 1947 27 Royal Air Force
Percival Proctor 1939 1955 1147 Royal Air Force
Percival Vega Gull 1935 1945 90 Royal Air Force
Lockheed Lodestar 1940 & 625 Royal Air Force, BOAC
Miles Mentor 1938 1950 45 Royal Air Force
Miles Mercury 1941 1946 6 Royal Air Force
Short Hythe 1942 1946 29 BOAC
Short S.26 G-Class Empire 1939 1947 3 Royal Air Force, BOAC
Short Stirling 1941 1946 2371 Royal Air Force
Short Scylla 1934 1940 2 BOAC
Sikorsky Hoverfly 1945 1946 131# Royal Air Force
Stinson Reliant 1937 1943 1327# Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
Stinson L-5 Sentinel 1942 1945 3896# Royal Air Force
Stinson L-1 Vigilant 1941 & 324# Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
Taylorcraft Auster 1942 1965 1630 Royal Air Force
Vickers Type 264 Valentia 1934 1944 82 Royal Air Force
Vickers Warwick 1939 1945 842 Royal Air Force
Westland Lysander 1938 1946 1786 Royal Air Force

"#"-export from USA, actual number in British service is much lower
"&"-exact date unknown

Experimental & Misc[edit]

Gliders[edit]

References[edit]

  • Owen Thetford: Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918 6th edition. Putnam & Co., London 1976, ISBN 0-370-10056-5.
  1. ^ Used for logistics support with RAF crews.

See also[edit]