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Updated: 5 Aug 04

Full Official Name: Washington

Manufacturer:

Variants: B MkI

Role: Bomber

Crew: 10 (Pilot, Navigator, Flight Engineer, Signaller, Bomb Aimer, Central Fire Controller, Left Scanner, Right Scanner +2)

In-service: 1950

Withdrawn:

Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)

15 Sqn, 35 Sqn, 44 Sqn, 90 Sqn, 101 Sqn, 207 Sqn [10 sqns total equipped]

The Washington was the RAF designator for the fleet of B-29 Stratofortresses borrowed from the USAF to cover a bomber capability gap from 1949 to 1951. While tensions with the Soviet Union had been on the increase and since the crisis of 1948 it was clear that the Lincoln was not suited to the new strategic bombing tasks. The first jet bomber, the Canberra, was not due into service until 1951, with the first V-bomber, the Valiant, even further in the future. To overcome this capability gap the RAF 'borrowed' approximately 90 B-29A. They entered service with the first of an eventual ten squadrons in 1950.

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