Halifax Bomber Pilots verdict on the Dowty Undercarriage

Copy of a letter sent from RAF Boscombe Down to R H Bound Dowty Chief Designer, quoting the Halifax Bomber Pilots verdict on the Dowty Undercarriage following a test flight – Oct 10th 1941

RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire provided an operational airfield with the longest military runway in the UK. The Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) was based there in 1939 and carried out aircraft research and testing at the station, a role which it has retained into the 21st century.

The letter reads

My dear Bound, Thought you and Dowty would like to know the pilots verdict on your Halifax undercarriage:-  “The best bloody undercart we ever had in a big machine.”

I’m afraid it won’t be possible to put that in the report verbatim and in official language it will of course loose a lot of its pithiness. However I will do my best. Kindest regards, Yours sincerely, Fred Howard

RAF letter to R H Bound stating Halifax Bomber Pilots verified the Dowty Undercarriage - Oct 1940
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Halifax Bomber main landing gear
Halifax Bomber Undercarriage
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Halifax V Heavy Bomber
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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