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Mk I torpedo-bombers, which served with Nos 144, 455 and 408 Squadrons in Coastal Command from bases in Scotland and the northern USSR during 1942; two Hampden Mk II aircraft with 1,100-hp (820-kW) Wright Cyclones were produced, The 1,000hp (745-kW) Napier Dagger VIII engine was installed in the Hampden's cousin, the Hereford: 100 were built, saw no action, and nine were converted to Hampden Mk Is. Mk I continued in service until December 1943. 06 n/ The Hampden did not have any power-operated gun turrets, and so with only hand-held guns for tail defence it was particularly vulnerable in the presence of figh ters.

R. 20s in February 1937. 5-in) machineguns. 20s were exported to Japan, and saw service with indifferent results in China and Manchuria as the JAAF's Army Type 1 Model 100 Heavy bomber. 20M, of which 264 were ultimately produced. 20Ms in commission with the 7°, 13°, 18° and 43° Stormi BT. 20Msof the 13° Stormo BT attacked installations at Hyères and Fayence in southern France. 20M belonging to the 277* Squadriglia, 116° Gruppo, 37° Stormo based at Crottaglie, south Italy late in 1940. The unit served over the Greco-Albanian front during the invasion of Greece.

It displayed the most outstanding performance from the very start, being faster than the RAF's contemporary interceptor fighters. Mk IV Series I light bombers with glazed nose and internal bomb bays: the first of these, W4072, flew for the first time on 8 September 1941. Mk IV Series II which had Merlin 21, 23 or 25 engines in lengthened nacelles. No. 105 Squadron, then based at Marham in No. Mk IVs in the spring of 1942. Its first mission was to Köln on 31 May 1942, the morning after the 'One Thousand Bomber' raid.

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