Handley Page Mk VII (HP 61)


The Mk VII was an interim version of the Halifax introduced when the Hercules 100 engine, intended for the Mk VI, was delayed. It used the more advanced fuel system designed for the Mk VI but the same Hercules XVI engines used in the Mk III. This gave it a fuel capacity of 2,196 gallons. The Mk VII was used by three squadrons, entering service in June 1944.


A small number of Mk VIIs were converted to the airborne role. As well as the glider tug and paratrooper roles, the A Mk VII could carry an 8,000 lb cargo pod below the bomb bay. The A Mk VII entered service in time to take part in the Rhine crossing in 1945.  


Review of Halifax Squadrons by John lake Halifax Squadrons of World War II , Jon Lake. This is a very good book on the combat record of the Handley Page Halifax. It covers much more than just its role as a front line bomber, with chapters on the Halifax with Coastal Command, the Pathfinders and SOE, amongst others. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (16 May 2007), Handley Page Mk VII (HP 61), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_halifax_mkVII.html

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