The Handley Page "HP.52 Hampden" was a British twin-engine medium bomber, serving the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War. The Hampden, known as the "Flying Suitcase" because of its cramped crew conditions, was still unsuited to the modern air war and, after operating mainly at night, it was retired from Bomber Command service in late 1942.

Handley Page Hampden in The War That Came EarlyEdit

The Hampden bomber was serving in the RAF when war broke out in 1938. The Hampden was used to bomb German cities and air fields at night because they couldn't fly very high. Luftwaffe pilots knew the bombers were much like their own, only more slab-sided. Because of this odd appearance, they called them "Suitcases."

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