Building Wellington bombers, Vickers factory, West Midlands, late 1930s.
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Workers asembling the fuselages of Wellington bombers at the Vickers factory at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. The Wellington bomber was designed by aeronautical engineer and inventor of the 'bouncing bomb', Sir Barnes Wallis (1887-1979). It was the principle bomber of the Royal Air Force (RAF) between 1939 and 1943 - a total of six squadrons were equipped with them.