The Vickers-Armstrongs Wellington, affectionately known as the ‘Wimpey’, was the most successful of all the RAF’s pre-war bomber designs. Sturdy and reliable, it formed the backbone of RAF Bomber Command during the first few years of World War Two and went on to see service in all theatres. This book brings together over 250 original wartime photos to record this outstanding contribution made by the Wellington and its crews to the Allied war effort.
Simon W Parry is now one of Britain’s leading aviation historians, but his roots are in Surrey where he began his research into the battles and aircraft crashes in the county 30 years ago, a time it was possible to interview many witnesses to the events. His interest in the air war lead him to become a profession researcher at the National Archives, undertaking a assignments for those not able to conduct their own investigations. Since the publication of his first book in 1987 he has focussed his attentions on the editing and production of over 40 aviation books for publishers. He is also one of Europe’s most experienced aviation archaeologists, contributing to several TV shows, and is now working with Channel 4 on a documentary about the Dambusters.