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Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley

For a description of the format and data included in Production Tables, see here.

Produced Variants

A.W.38 Whitley Mk.I Five crew mid wing medium bomber featuring a semi-monocoque fuselage, to Specifications B.3/34 & 21/35, to meet the 
  requirements of OR.12. Two 795 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Tiger IX (first prototype) or medium-supercharged Tiger XI
  powerplants.
A.W.38 Whitley Mk.II Mk.I with Two 845 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Tiger VIII powerplants.
A.W.38 Whitley Mk.III Improved Mk.II to meet Specification B.20/36, featuring increased dihedreal of the outer wing panels, increased bomb load, 
  the replacement of the manually operated nose turret with a powered Nash & Thompson turret and a powered retractable
  twin-gun ventral "dustbin" turret.
A.W.38 Whitley Mk.IV Mk.III with two 1,030 h.p. Rolls Royce Merlin IV powerplants, replacement of the manually operated tail turret with a powered
  Nash & Thompson turret, deletion of the ventral "dustbin" turret and increased fuel tankage capacity.
A.W.38 Whitley Mk.IVA As Mk.IV with two 1,145 h.p. Rolls Royce Merlin X powerplants.
A.W.38 Whitley Mk.V As Mk.IVA with modified fins and a longer rear fuselage.
A.W.38 Whitley Mk.V(Freighter) Freighter conversion of Mk.V.
A.W.38 Whitley Mk.VII Long range maritime reconnaissance variant of Mk.V for Coastal Command, with a sixth crew member to operate the 
  ASV Mk 2 radar system.

Projected Variants

A.W.38 Whitley Mk.VI Proposed Pratt & Whitney GR-1830 Twin Wasp powered version.


Production List Page Top
Serial Range
C/n (see note 1)
Type
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 2 prototypes ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 349065/34 completed in March 1936.
 K4586 - K4587  1169-1170  Mk.I  2      
 80 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 421118/35 delivered as 34 Mk.I and 46 Mk.II between March 1937 and June 1938.
 K7183 - K7216  1171-1204  Mk.I  34  (1)    K7208 conv. to Mk.IV prototype.
 K7217 - K7262  1205-1250  Mk.II  46      K7243 retained by A.W. for Deerhound engine development.
 120 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 522438/36 delivered as 80 Mk.III, 33 Mk.IV and 7 Mk.IVA. Delivered between August 1938 and July1939.
 K8936 - K9015  1389-1468  Mk.III  80      
 K9016 - K9048  1469-1501  Mk.IV  33      
 K9049 - K9055  1502-1508  Mk.IVA  7      
 312 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 751457/38 delivered between August 1939 and July 1940.
 N1345 - N1394  See note 1  Mk.V  50      
 N1405 - N1444      40      
 N1459 - N1508      50      
 N1521 - N1528      8      
 P4930 - P4974      45      
 P4980 - P5029      50      
 P5040 - P5065      26      
 P5070 - P5112      43      
 150 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract B.38599/39 delivered between July 1940 and December 1940.
 T4130 - T4179  See note 1  Mk.V  50      
 T4200 - T4239      40      
 T4260 - T4299      40      
 T4320 - T4339      20      
 300 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 106962/40 delivered as 290 Mk.V and 10 Mk.VII between December 1940 and August 1941.
 Z6461 - Z6510  See note 1  Mk.V  50      
 Z6552 - Z6586      35      
 Z6624 - Z6673      50      
 Z6720 - Z6764      45      
 Z6793 - Z6842      50      
 Z6862 - Z6881      20      
 Z6931 - Z6959      29      
 Z6960 - Z6969  See note 1  Mk.VII  10      
 Z6970 - Z6980  See note 1  Mk.V  11      
 250 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 106962/40 delivered as 196 Mk.V and 54 Mk.VII between August 1941 and March 1942.
 Z9119  See note 1  Mk.V  1      
 Z9120 - Z9124  See note 1  Mk.VII  5      
 Z9125 - Z9134  See note 1  Mk.V  10      
 Z9135 - Z9139  See note 1  Mk.VII  5      
 Z9140 - Z9168  See note 1  Mk.V  29      
 Z9188 - Z9189      2      
 Z9190 - Z9199  See note 1  Mk.VII  10      
 Z9200 - Z9232  See note 1  Mk.V  33      
 Z9274 - Z9323      50      
 Z9361 - Z9363      3      
 Z9364 - Z9383  See note 1  Mk.VII  20      
 Z9384 - Z9390  See note 1  Mk.V  7      
 Z9419 - Z9443      25      
 Z9461 - Z9490      30      
 Z9510 - Z9515      6      
 Z9516 - Z9529  See note 1  Mk.VII  14      
 50 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 106962/40 delivered between January and February 1942.
 AD665 - AD714  See note 1  Mk.V  50      
 300 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 106962/40 delivered as 249 Mk.V and 51 Mk.VII between February and August 1942.
 BD189 - BD238  See note 1  Mk.V  50      
 BD252 - BD296      45      
 BD346 - BD395      50      
 BD411 - BD422      12      
 BD423 - BD434  See note 1  Mk.VII  12      
 BD435 - BD445  See note 1  Mk.V  11      
 BD493 - BD512      20      
 BD530 - BD560      31      
 BD561 - BD574  See note 1  Mk.VII  14      
 BD620 - BD625      6      
 BD626 - BD639  See note 1  Mk.V  14      
 BD659 - BD673      15      
 BD674- BD693  See note 1  Mk.VII  20      
 100 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 106962/40 delivered as 79 Mk.V and 21 Mk.VII between August and November 1942.
 EB282  See note 1  Mk.VII  1      
 EB283 - EB313  See note 1  Mk.V  31      
 EB327 - EB336  See note 1  Mk.VII  10      
 EB337 - EB367  See note 1  Mk.V  31      
 EB384 - EB391      8      
 EB392 - EB401  See note 1  Mk.VII  10      
 EB402 - EB410  See note 1  Mk.V  9      
 150 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Bagington, to contract 106962/40 delivered as 140 Mk.V and 10 Mk.VII between August and November 1942.
 LA763 - LA793  See note 1  Mk.V  31      
 LA794 - LA798  See note 1  Mk.VII  5      
 LA813 - LA817      5      
 LA818 - LA856  See note 1  Mk.V  39      
 LA868 - LA899      32      
 LA914 - LA951      38      
 
Total Production
1814
(1)
 
 


Whitley V Freighter Conversions For BOAC
Initial Registration
C/n
Military Serial
Notes
 15 aircraft converted by BOAC at RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire, between April and May 1942.
 G-AGCF  2694  BD360  
 G-AGCG  2695  BD361  
 G-AGCH  2696  BD362  
 G-AGCI  2716  BD382  
 G-AGCJ  2717  BD383  
 G-AGCK  2718  BD384  
 G-AGDU    Z9208  
 G-AGDV    Z9216  
 G-AGDW    Z6660  
 G-AGDX  2719  BD385  
 G-AGDY  2720  BD386  
 G-AGDZ  2721  BD387  
 G-AGEA  2722  BD388  
 G-AGEB  2723  BD389  
 G-AGEC  2724  BD390  
Total Conversions   (15)




Production Summary

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All Aircraft By Mark
Type
Built New
Conv.
Canc'd
Total
 Whitley Mk.I
36
 
 
36
 Whitley Mk.II
46
 
 
46
 Whitley Mk.III
80
 
 
80
 Whitley Mk.IV
33
(1)
 
34
 Whitley Mk.IVA
7
 
 
7
 Whitley Mk.V
1465
 
 
1465
 Whitley Mk.V (Freighter)
 
(15)
 
15
 Whitley Mk.VII
147
 
 
147
 
1814
0
0
 


Notes
  1. The c/n's quoted are from Tapper [3], but only as c/n ranges per Mark and without direct tie up between serial and c/n.
    Mks I through IVA are as shown.
    For Mk.V, c/n range is given as 1509-1820, 1823-2976.
    For Mk.VII, c/n range is given as 2977-3122.
    The c/ns for civilian conversions (see table) are taken frpm the CAA database G-INFO and are most likely reliable.

    There is some doubt as to the accuracy of the quoted c/ns, with at least one historian giving the final Whitley c/n as 3134. It is interesting, however, to observe the following:
    If the c/ns for the 312 aircraft to contract 751457/38 ( N1345 - P5112) follow directly from the last Mk.IVA (1508), this would culminate in c/n 1820. C/n's 1821 and 1822 are known to be Ensign Mk.IIs.
    If somewhere between Z6461 and BD360 there is a gap in c/n allocation of 12, then the final c/n would be 3134 (see above) and, if these c/ns are applied in serial order, would match the known c/ns of the civil registered Mk.Vs. Mere speculation on this authors part.

Production References
  1. Whitley File, The, R.N. Roberts (Air Britain Publications, 1986)
  2. RAF Aircraft Register Series, Various Volumes (Air-Britain Publications)
  3. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Since 1913, Oliver Tapper (Putnam, 1973)

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Page Revision History Page Top

Revised at Version 1.4.0
  • Updated produced variant details.
  • K9056 - K9175: c/n's deleted (non-allocated). Remaining c/ns deleted from table
  • Note 1 rewritten

V1.4.0 Created by Roger Moss. Last updated July 2019