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  Hawker Henley
 
RAF Hawker Henley L3245

History

The Hawker Henley was at the time of its development one of the most modern types of high-performance light bomber. It was a clean two-seat monoplane bomber, that used the tail and wing panels of the Hurricane. The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine of 990 hp was the power plant.  The two cockpits were enclosed by a sliding top and a hinged rear portion.  It had a three bladed; air-screw and retractable undercarriage. The Henley was used mainly for training and target towing by the RAF. Around 200 built.

Seven Hawker Henleys were transferred to the Fleet Air Arm from the RAF, serving with the Naval Co-operation Unit at Hatston from October 1939, before all being delivered to 771 squadron also at Hatston. The last Henley, L3309, was paid off in February 1944.
 

Fleet Air Arm history
    Hawker Henley III
    Total FAA 1939-1945:        7
    First delivered to RN:         1939
    First squadron 1939-1945:   771
    Operational squadron:         None
    Last served with RN           1944
Aircraft Type:
Hawker Henley
Mark:
III
Primary Role:
Target tug
First Flight: 
1937
Date operating with FAA squadrons:
1939-1944
Manufacturer:
Hawker
Engine:
One 990 hp Rolls Royce Merlin II engine
 Wing Span: Length: Height: Wing Area: 
Wing Span: 14.59m Length: 11.10m Height: 4.46m Wing Area: 31.77m2
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
Empty Weight: 2726kg Max. Weight: 3846kg
Speed: 

Ceiling: 

Range:

Speed: 
Ceiling: 8230m
Range: 1529km
Armament:
None
Crew:
2
Squadrons:
771
Battle honours:
None with FAA
Additional references and notes:
-

Battle Honours and Operational History
None with FAA


Surviving aircraft and relics
Belived extinct - no information

Associations and reunions
No Information
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995)  'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 0 85130 232 7 
 
Created 3-4-1999, Modified 3-4-2000

 

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