Striking by Night
Handley Page Halifax
The Halifax had a good reputation and remained a front line bomber until the end of the war. Although the Mk III was an improvement on earlier types, it did not have the outstanding performance of the Lancaster. As a result, Halifax squadrons suffered high casualty rates. Many RAAF aircrew flew in these aircraft including those in 466 and 462 RAAF Squadrons.
Handley Page H.P.57 Halifax B Mk III Wingspan 31.75 metres Length 21.36 metres Engines Four Bristol Hercules XVI radial engines of 1,650 horsepower Armament Nine .303-inch machine-guns; up to 5,897 kilograms of bombs Crew Seven