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Aircraft of the RAF (U - Y)


Units shown in Bold/Red indicate the first unit to be equipped with the type

Further details on WW2 types can be found here

 
Name Manufacturer Role Service Squadrons Notes
V/1500 Handley Page Bomber 1918 - 1920 166, 167, 274 The RAF's first four engined bomber
Valentia Vickers Transport 1935 - 1941 31, 70, 216  
Valetta Vickers Transport 1949 - 1966 30, 48, 52, 70, 78, 84, 110, 114, 167, 204, 216, 233, 622 Also used as a crew trainer
Valiant Vickers Bomber/Tanker 1955 - 1965 7, 18, 49, 90, 138, 148, 199, 207, 214, 543 Also used in the Strategic Recce role
Valiant   Training Glider      
Vampire 1 - 9 De Havilland Fighter 1946 - 1955 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 20, 26, 28, 32, 54, 60, 67, 71, 72, 73, 93, 94, 118, 130, 145, 213, 234, 247, 249, 266, 501, 502, 595, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 607, 608, 612, 613, 614, 631  
Vampire 10 De Havilland Night Fighter 1951 - 1959 23, 25, 151 Later used as Navigation trainers
Vampire 11 De Havilland Advanced Trainer 1956 - 1967 RAFC, 1 FTS, 3 FTS, 4 FTS, 7 FTS, 8 FTS  
Vanguard   Training Glider      
Varsity Vickers Navigation Trainer 1951 - 1976 115, 116, 173, 187, 192, 527, 201 AFS, 1 ANS, 2 ANS, 5 FTS, 6 FTS, CFS Also used for signals duties
VC10  BAC (Vickers) Transport/Tanker 1966 - Current 10, 101  
Vega Gull Percival Communications 1938 - 24  
Vengence Vultee Dive Bomber 1942 - 1944 45, 82, 84, 110, 288, 289, 567, 577, 587, 595, 631, 667, 691, 696 Many were used as target tugs
Venom 1 & 4 De Havilland Fighter-Bomber 1952 - 1962 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 28, 32, 45, 60, 73, 94, 118, 142, 145, 208, 249, 266  
Venom 2 & 3 De Havilland Night Fighter 1953 - 1957 23, 33, 89, 125, 141, 151, 219, 253,  
Ventura Lockheed Light Bomber 1942 - 1943 13, 21, 140, 251, 299, 459, 464, 487, 500, 519, 521, 624 Last used as a bomber in 1943, after which it was used as Met and Maritime duties.
Venture Slingsby Training Glider      
Vernon Vickers Transport 1922 - 1927 45, 70  
Victor Handley Page Bomber/Tanker 1957 - 198? 10, 15, 55, 57, 100, 139, 214, 543, 232 OCU 543 used the Victor in the Strategic Recce role
Victoria Vickers Transport 1926 - 1936 9, 58, 70, 216, CFS  
Vigilant Grob Training Glider      
Vigilant Vultee-Stinson Air Observation Post 1941 - 651  
Viking Vickers VIP Transport 1946 - King's/Queen's Flight  
Viking   Training Glider      
Vildebeest Vickers Torpedo Bomber 1932 - 1942 22, 36, 42, 100, 273  
Vimy Vickers Bomber 1919 - 1929 7, 9, 45, 58, 70, 99, 100, 216, 502  
Vincent Vickers General Purpose 1935 - 1943 8, 45, 47, 55, 84, 207, 233, 244, 1430 Flt  
Virginia Vickers Bomber 1924 - 1937 7, 9, 10, 51, 58, 214, 215, 500, 502  
Vulcan  Avro Bomber 1956 - 1982 9, 12, 27, 35, 44, 50, 83, 101, 617 Also used in the strategic reconnaissance and tanker role
Wallace Westland General Purpose 1933 - 1943 501, 502, 503, 504 A Wallace was the first aircraft to fly over Mount Everest.  Many were used as target tugs after front line service
Walrus Supermarine Air Sea Rescue 1941 - 269, 275, 276, 277, 278, 281, 282, 283, 284, 292, 293, 294, 624 Originally used by FAA from 1935
Walrus Westland Fleet Spotter Recce 1920 - 1924 3, Flts - 421, 422, 423  
Wapiti Westland General Purpose 1928 - 1939 5, 11, 20, 27, 28, 30, 31, 39, 55, 60, 84, 501, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 607, 608  
Warwick       I, II & V Vickers General Recce/ASR 1943 - 1946 38, 179, 251, 269, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 292, 293, 294, 520, 621  
Warwick III Vickers Transport 1944 - 1946 167, 301, 304, 525  
Washington Boeing Bomber 1950 - 1958 15, 35, 44, 57, 90, 115, 149, 192, 207 Used as a stop-gap pending the introduction of the Canberra
Welkin Westland Fighter 1944 - 1945 FIU  
Wellesley Vickers Bomber 1937 - 1943 7, 14, 35, 45, 47, 76, 77, 148, 207, 223  
Wellington Vickers Bomber 1938 - 1953 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 24, 36, 37 38, 40, 57, 69, 70, 75, 93, 99, 101, 103, 104, 115, 142, 148, 149, 150, 156, 158, 162, 166, 172, 179, 192, 196, 199, 203, 214, 215, 218, 221, 232, 242, 244, 300, 301, 304, 305, 311, 405, 407, 415, 419, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 431, 432, 458, 460, 466, 524, 544, 547, 612, 621 It also equipped Coastal Command and operated as a Navigation Trainer after its first line service was over.
Wessex Westland SAR/Transport Helicopter 1964 - Current 18, 22, 28, 72, 78, 84, 103 2 are used by the Queen's Flight
Whirlwind Westland Fighter Bomber 1940 - 1943 137, 263  
Whirlwind     2 - 4 Westland SAR/Transport Helicopter 1955 - 1962 22, 155, 225, 228, 284  
Whirlwind     8 & 12 Westland VIP Helicopter 1959 - 1967 Queen's Flight  
Whirlwind 10 Westland SAR Helicopter 1961 - 22, 28, 32, 84, 103, 110, 202, 225, 228, 230  
Whitley Armstrong Whitworth Bomber 1937 - 1943 7, 10, 51, 53, 58, 77, 78, 97, 102, 138, 161, 166, 295, 296, 297, 298, 502, 612 Used in Bomber and Coastal Commands.  Also used for parachute dropping, glider towing and special operations.
Woodcock Hawker Fighter 1925 - 1928 3, 17  
York Avro Transport 1943 - 1957

24, 40, 51, 59, 99, 206, 246, 511

 

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