Armstrong Whitworth AW 41 ALBEMARLE © 2003
RAF WWII 38 GROUP SQUADRONS REUNITED © 2003
Armstrong Whitworth AW 41 ALBEMARLE
B Mk I :
Aircraft built as reconnaissance bombers, powered by two Bristol Hercules XI air-cooled 14-cylinder two-row radial engines each rated at 1,590 hp for take-off, which became standard for all types. The crew consisted of two pilots, navigator-bombardier, wireless operator and one gunner. Armament consisted in a Boulton Paul power-operated dorsal turret with four 0.303 in (7,7 mm) Browning machine guns. The aircraft was equipped with a bombay. All these aircraft were later converted to the transport/glider tug standard.
GT Mk I :
Similar to the B Mk I but with Malcolm Glider Towing gear. Boulton Paul power-operated dorsal turret was replaced with a manually-operated installation covered by a sliding hood and containing two 0.303 in (7,7 mm) Vickers ‘K’ machine guns. The bombay was converted over to accommodate three addition fuel tanks
ST. Mk I :
A Special Transport version with all the bombing equipment and the rear fuselage fuel tank removed. The bombay doors were sealed over.
** Mk I was used by RAF Squadrons : 161, 295, 296, 297, 511 & 570 **
GT Mk II :
A Paratroop-carrier and Glider Tug. Ten paratroops carried forward of the large drooping hole in the floor of rear fuselage with rails on each side of the fuselage for parachute static drops. Tubular guard under tailplane to prevent free drops from fowling the elevators. Also fitted with Malcolm Glider Towing gear.
ST Mk II :
A ST Mk I equipped with Malcolm Glider Towing gear.
** Mk II was used by RAF Squadrons : 295, 296, 297 & 570 **
GT Mk IV :
A single prototype only consisting
of a single GT Mk I fitted with two 1,600 hp Wright GR-2600-A5B Cyclone 14
air-cooled radial engines.
ST Mk V :
Similar to the ST Mk II but with the addition of fuel jettisoning equipment.
** Mk V was used by RAF Squadrons : 295, 296, 297 & 570 **
ST Mk VI :
Same as the ST Mk V plus a large freight loading door in the fuselage to facilitate the loading of bulky materials which may be required to be carried on paratroop operations.
GT Mk VI :
Same as the ST Mk VI but with the addition of special radio equipment for glider towing. The upper gun position was deleted leaving the aircraft unarmed.
** Mk VI was used by RAF
Squadrons : 296 & 297 **
V1599, GT Mk I, prototype glider-tug