415 Squadron Association
Handley Page Hampden
Full Official Name: Handley Page Hampden
Manufacturer: Handley Page
Crew: 4 (pilot, observer, gunner/wireless operator and air gunner)
Design: All metal. Its looks belied a strong and reliable type. Withdrawn from RAF service in mid-Sep 1942. Nicknamed the 'flying tadpole' it flew its first combat sorties from RAF Waddington.
Engines: Twin radial engines.
Armaments: 2 x free-standing .303 Vickers MG in a dorsal position a third ventral MG pointing aft and a fourth wing-mounted fixed forward-firing .303.
Performance: Max speed 254 mph.
Combat radius: With a combat load of 4000 lbs it had a combat radius of 1200 miles and max height of 19 000 ft.