HOMENEWS AND HISTORYAIRCRAFT TYPESAIRCRAFT LOSSES 1939-1942AIRCRAFT LOSSES 1943-1946CREW LOSSES 1939-1941CREW LOSSES 1942-1945LOCAL CRASHESPICTURE ALBUMREMEMBER THE CREWS

Aircraft codes used by 10 OTU

UY 
Apr  1940 - Sep 1946

ZG  Apr  1940 - Sep 1946

JL   Aug 1942 -

RK         1941 - Sep 1946

EL          1945 -

The Armstrong Whitworth Whitley was the main aircraft which was based and used by 10 OTU at RAF Abingdon until 1944. The Whitley first flew in March 1936 and entered service with the RAF in 1937. The A.W.38 Whitley was manufactured at Bagington near Coventry which was adjacent to the present day Coventry Airport. This was the first modern heavy bomber used during the early part of WW2. This aircraft was not always popular with aircrew and often referred to as the Flying Coffin. There is not a single example of the aircraft in existence today. In the Coventry Air Museum there is rear body and tail section of a Whitley. The author has some remains of Whitley T4171 which crashed on 20th October 1940 near Ingleby Greenhow in Yorkshire.

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark 11

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The early Whitley MK 11 fitted with two Armstrong Siddeley Tiger radial engines. The aircraft above is seen here flying over the Coventry railway juction.

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V

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A rare WW2 colour picture of a Whitley Mark V  Z6743 having last minute adjustments to one of its Merlin engines. This aircraft from No. 77 Sqn at Topcliffe  crashed at Snaaskerke 5 km SE of Oostende on the night of 10th July 1941. The plane was on a raid on Aachen, all five crew died.

Full specification and history of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley.  www.Wikipedia.org

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Vickers Wellington

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Handley Page Hampden



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