Popularly known by the nickname Wimpey,
Affectionately nicknamed 'The Wimpey' after the character 'J Wellington Wimpy' in the Popeye cartoons, the Wellington was the most successful RAF twin-engine bomber of the Second World War. They bore the brunt of night missions, particularly during the initial phase of the war but due to slow speed, limited ceiling, and a small bomb load they soon became obsolete, although one significant design advantage was Barnes-Wallace's geodetic lattice-work fuselage construction. This made the Wimpy extremely tough, and it often survived battle damage which would have destroyed other aircraft. Due to increasing losses the Wellingtons were replaced by the more powerful four-engined bombers from October 1943 onwards.
Vickers Wellington VIIEdit
The Vickers S gun was originally intended as a bomber defensive weapon and was tested as such in a turret fitted to a modified Vickers Wellington. This was not adopted for service, but when the need to attack tanks from the air was identified, the "S" gun was chosen and special armour-piercing ammunition developed. These guns were later used in Hawker Hurricane Mk IID.