Largest twin-engine bomber of World War II, Manchester's inherent tail-heaviness brought combat abandonment, development of Lancaster. Wingspan is 90', length 70', weight 30,000 pounds.
With increased power of 1,500-hp Bristol Hercules radials, the new Lanc has 300-mph top speed, carries greater service load. Wingspan is still 102' length is 69' 4", weight 63,000 pounds.
Addition of chin turret gives Fortress the forward firepower long needed to oppose Nazi fighters. Wingspan is still 103' 9", length is 73' 9". Operating ceiling increased.
Veteran design, the Handley-Page Halifax has increased its self-defense through use of first four-gun dorsal turret, remodeled nose turret. Wingspan is 98' 10", length is 70' 1".
Now used largely in its amphibious version, the venerable Cat with wheels and float first appeared at Guadalcanal. Span is 104', length is 65' 1½", loaded weight is 30,500 pounds.
Largest, most versatile of Nazi heavies, the new Kurier has increased armament as menace to Allied convoys. Wingspan is still 108' 3", overall length is 78' 3". top speed is 235 mph.
One-time hybrid, with four engines in two nacelles, the ineffectual He-177 now has only two engines, each rated at 2,200 hp. Wingspan is 103' 4", length 67' 3", speed, 270 mph.
Biggest British ship before the hangar philosophy restricting size to 100' hangar door width was abandoned, the Stirling is 99' 1" span, is 87' 3" long, has 280 mph speed.
This "Spotter's Quiz" column was originally published in the March, 1943, issue of Air News magazine, vol 6, no 3, pp 33, 44.
The original Quiz includes 8 photos and 8 three-view silhouettes, 1 photo and 1 three-view for each type listed.
Photos credited to British Information, British Combine, Boeing, International, Convale, Black Star.