Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Aircraft of WW2

Aircraft which did service with either the British Royal Air Force (RAF) or Royal Navy during WW2. Many are well-known, some are obscure, many served throughout the war and some for just a brief period. The list doesn't include experimental, prototype or captured aircraft but it does include bombers and fighters in addition to those used for reconnaissance, patrol, transport and training as well as gliders.
In the case of US aircraft, the quiz is looking for the aircraft names while in RAF or RN service, not designated numbers.
Quiz by Berney
Last updated: February 15, 2024
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First submittedFebruary 23, 2013
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Airspeed Horsa
Airspeed Oxford
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Avro Anson
Avro Lancaster
Avro Manchester
Avro York
Bell Airacobra
Blackburn Botha
Blackburn Roc
Blackburn Shark
Blackburn Skua
Boeing Flying Fortress
Boulton Paul Defiant
Boulton Paul Overstrand
Brewster Bermuda
Brewster Buffalo
Bristol Beaufighter
Bristol Beaufort
Bristol Blenheim
Bristol Bombay
Chance Vought Corsair
Chance Vought Vindicator/Chesapeake
Consolidated Catalina
Consolidated Coronado
Consolidated Liberator
Curtiss Kittyhawk/Tomahawk
Curtiss Mohawk
de Havilland Dragon Rapide/Dominie
de Havilland Mosquito
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Douglas Boston/Havoc
Douglas Dakota
Fairchild Argus
Fairey Albacore
Fairey Barracuda
Fairey Battle
Fairey Firefly
Fairey Fulmar
Fairey Seafox
Fairey Swordfish
General Aircraft Hamilcar
General Aircraft Hotspur
Gloster Gauntlet
Gloster Gladiator
Gloster Meteor
Grumman Avenger/Tarpon
Grumman Goose
Grumman Gosling/Widgeon
Grumman Hellcat/Gannet
Grumman Wildcat/Martlet
Handley Page Halifax
Handley Page Hampden
Handley Page Harrow
Handley Page Hereford
Hawker Audax
Hawker Fury
Hawker Hardy
Hawker Hector
Hawker Henley
Hawker Hind
Hawker Hurricane
Hawker Osprey
Hawker Sea Hurricane
Hawker Tempest
Hawker Typhoon
Lockheed Hudson
Lockheed Lodestar
Lockheed Ventura
Martin Baltimore
Martin Marauder
Martin Mariner
Martin Maryland
Miles Magister
Miles Martinet
Miles Master
Miles Messenger
Miles Whitney Straight
North American Harvard
North American Mitchell
North American Mustang
Percival Proctor
Republic Thunderbolt
Saunders-Roe Lerwick
Saunders-Roe London
Short Singapore
Short Stirling
Short Sunderland
Stinson Reliant
Supermarine Seafire
Supermarine Sea Otter
Supermarine Spitfire
Supermarine Stranraer
Supermarine Walrus
Taylorcraft Auster
Taylorcraft Plus
Vickers Vildebeest
Vickers Vincent
Vickers Warwick
Vickers Wellesley
Vickers Wellington
Vultee Vengeance
Waco Hadrian
Westland Lysander
Westland Wallace
Westland Whirlwind
Level 57
Apr 24, 2013
Hi Berney, great quiz, but you forgot the Bristol Bombay, how about to also add the gliders like the Horsa, the Waco and the Hamilcar?


Level 80
Apr 24, 2013
You're right, I did miss the Bombay, thanks. I've been meaning to add the gliders too, which I've now done.
Level 72
Jun 6, 2013
Nice quiz but the Royal Navy also flew Grumman Avengers
Level 80
Jul 17, 2013
Very true. Missed that one, now added, thanks.
Level 80
Jul 18, 2013
Level 84
Jun 26, 2014
What about the Avro York and Miles Messenger and Master?
Level 80
Jul 16, 2014
Agreed, I missed them but have now checked them out and added these and others too. Thanks.
Level 80
Aug 7, 2014
Level 80
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Level 61
Mar 19, 2018
I don't think the Miles Mariner entered squadron service. I might be wrong though.
Level 80
Mar 20, 2018
You're quite right, it was meant to say Martin Mariner, which was operated by 524 squadron for a while. I've made the change, thanks.
Level 80
Jul 18, 2018
Level 56
Aug 31, 2018
This is a great quiz. You list the Stinson Reliant, which is correct. According to Wikipedia the Royal Air Force received 113 L-1/L-1A Stinson Vigilants, which they named Vigilant Mark I and Vigilant Mark II.
Level 80
Aug 31, 2018
Thanks for that. I've seen the information in Wikipedia but have since checked other reference material and can't find any evidence that the Vigilant served in RAF squadron service during WW2. I'll keep checking though and will add it if I can find something to support it.
Level 21
Mar 25, 2020
Am proud to say I have completed this quiz
Level 80
Mar 25, 2020
Well done!
Level 48
Apr 5, 2023
Nice quiz. I believe that Fairey Seafox is missing. And what about the planes, which were operated by RAF, that were captured or flown in from other states? Like Dornier 17? These should be excluded from description.
Level 80
Apr 6, 2023
Thanks. I've just checked out the Seafox and can see that they served with five catapult flights which were pooled to create 700 Naval Air Squadron in January 1940, along with 754 NAS which was a training unit. It did serve with a few other squadrons too, but most had got rid of their Seafoxes by the start of WW2. It seems that one Seafox also played an important role in the Battle of the River Plate. I've now added this aircraft to the quiz.

As for the captured planes, they were mostly one-offs, flown by RAE Farnborough as well as an independent RAF unit, No. 1426 Flight (the 'RAFwaffe') whose role it was to evaluate and demonstrate them to other units. As such they don't come within the remit of squadron service and were essentially experimental but I've added it to the introduction anyway.

Level 49
Sep 20, 2023
May I suggest the Fairchild Argus for inclusion please?
Level 80
Sep 23, 2023
Thanks. I've checked it out and it's now added.
Level 49
Nov 17, 2023
Thank you!