An A3 Pencil Artwork Poster of the RAF’s WW2 long range Wellington Bomber (Wimpey).
11,461 Vickers Wellingtons were built at Weybridge (Brooklands), Chester (Broughton) and Blackpool, Stanley Park & Squires Gate (Fylde)
The twin engine Vickers Wellington medium bomber was designed against specification B.9/32, with the first protoVickers Type (K4049) being flown at Brooklands on 15th June 1936.
Designed by Vickers-Armstrongs Chief Designer Rex Pierson, utilising the geodetic construction methods devised by Barnes Wallace and as used in the earlier Vickers Wellesley. The twin-engine Vickers Wellington continued to serve with distinction throughout World War II, despite eventually being superseded in its primary role by the much larger, ‘heavy bombers’ such as the Avro Lancaster and the Vickers Warwick.
‘The Wellie’ was to bear the brunt of the Bomber Command offensive against Germany, making up some 60% of the numbers in the first 1,000 bomber raid on 30th May 1942. The Vickers Type also served with distinction with Coastal and Overseas Commands throughout the War, on marine reconnaissance and anti-submarine duties.
The robust nature of its revolutionary construction paid real dividends in terms of both aircraft and lives saved throughout the night bombing campaigns. One Vickers Wellington (LN514) became the subject of a Ministry of Aviation propaganda newsreel in October 1943, when it was constructed in just 23 hours 50 minutes by workers at the Broughton Factory near Chester.
Artworks from the collection of the late Artist Barry Wallond, from St Mawgan in Cornwall. Barry’s artwork included a wide range of WW2 and Post War Royal Air Force aircraft, drawn in Pencil. Barry also created a over 150 computer designed images of aircraft, with details of the individual aircraft portrayed.