Halifax bomber serial numbers

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Does anyone have the list of Halifax bomber serial numbers, or know of an online source with such data?

I have reference sources containing the Stirling and Lancaster serial numbers, but not the Halifax. I'd like to know what serial numbers applied to which Halifax bomber model.
 
As would I. I had a Lancaster site for serial numbers years ago but the guy shut it down due to people selling his work online

You can find the Lancaster serial numbers in Avro Lancaster — The Definitive Record by Harry Holmes and Avro Lancaster by Richard Marks. (The library system here has both in circulation.)

Stirling bomber serial numbers are included in Michael J.F. Bowyer's book The Stirling Bomber.

The book Handley Page Halifax by Anthony L. Stachiw and Andrew Tattersall is a fairly detailed examination of the aircraft, but doesn't include the serial numbers. Hence this thread.
 
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There are a number of web sites with the serial number lists plus Robertson's British Military Aircraft Serials.

R9535 to R9540 were used as pattern aircraft, they were not built.

A memo dated 4 April 1944 indicates two mark III delivered on 19 February and one delivered in March 1944 meant to be built by Fairey were actually delivered as sets of components to Handley Page and so never actually built. It is understood this was done with a total of five aircraft, LK870, LK872, LK881, LK882 and NA507 which have blank contract card and delivery log entries. Removing these five results in agreement with the MAP total.

The final 30 mark III ordered from Rootes, NA281 to NA310, were officially completed as A.III that is as glider tugs and/or paratrooper transports.

If you want a full list let me know.

Lancasters have a small number of differences between sources about whether some aircraft were mark I or III.

Stirlings, apart from the 11 destroyed on the production line there is whether EF399 was the last mark I or first mark III built by Shorts.
 
Strictly speaking, I'd only need the serials for the Halifax II and V.

A few squadron ORBs only list the aircraft flown by serial number during the time it was flying the early model Halifax. I'd like to be able to specify whether it was the II or V when recording the bomb loads.
 
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Halifax Bomber serial numbers. Mark II 900 by English Electric, 608 by Handley page, 450 by London Aircraft Production, 12 by Rootes, total 1,970, mark V 246 by Fairey, 658 by Rootes, total 904. In serial order,

No.StartEndMarkFactory
15​
L9610L9624IIHandley Page
30​
R9363R9392IIHandley Page
40​
R9418R9457IIHandley Page
17​
R9482R9498IIHandley Page
7​
R9528R9534IIHandley Page
19​
V9976V9994IIEnglish Electric
20​
W1002W1021IIEnglish Electric
33​
W1035W1067IIEnglish Electric
28​
W1090W1117IIEnglish Electric
50​
W1141W1190IIEnglish Electric
43​
W1211W1253IIEnglish Electric
7​
W1270W1276IIEnglish Electric
30​
W7650W7679IIHandley Page
26​
W7695W7720IIHandley Page
40​
W7745W7784IIHandley Page
26​
W7801W7826IIHandley Page
44​
W7844W7887IIHandley Page
34​
W7906W7939IIHandley Page
35​
BB189BB223IILondon Aircraft Production
50​
BB236BB285IILondon Aircraft Production
45​
BB300BB344IILondon Aircraft Production
35​
BB357BB391IILondon Aircraft Production
35​
BB412BB446IILondon Aircraft Production
12​
DG219DG230IIRootes
23​
DG231DG253VRootes
48​
DG270DG317VRootes
26​
DG338DG363VRootes
41​
DG384DG424VRootes
20​
DJ980DJ999VFairey
38​
DK114DK151VFairey
43​
DK165DK207VFairey
49​
DK223DK271VFairey
46​
DT481DT526IIEnglish Electric
50​
DT539DT588IIEnglish Electric
38​
DT612DT649IIEnglish Electric
41​
DT665DT705IIEnglish Electric
33​
DT720DT752IIEnglish Electric
42​
DT767DT808IIEnglish Electric
34​
EB127EB160VRootes
43​
EB178EB220VRootes
20​
EB239EB258VRootes
3​
EB274EB276VRootes
46​
HR654HR699IIHandley Page
48​
HR711HR758IIHandley Page
47​
HR773HR819IIHandley Page
49​
HR832HR880IIHandley Page
48​
HR905HR952IIHandley Page
12​
HR977HR988IIHandley Page
45​
HX147HX191IIHandley Page
4​
HX222HX225IIHandley Page
26​
JB781JB806IIEnglish Electric
42​
JB834JB875IIEnglish Electric
40​
JB892JB931IIEnglish Electric
19​
JB956JB974IIEnglish Electric
24​
JD105JD128IIEnglish Electric
38​
JD143JD180IIEnglish Electric
21​
JD198JD218IIEnglish Electric
35​
JD244JD278IIEnglish Electric
38​
JD296JD333IIEnglish Electric
26​
JD361JD386IIEnglish Electric
17​
JD405JD421IIEnglish Electric
24​
JD453JD476IIEnglish Electric
45​
JN882JN926IILondon Aircraft Production
38​
JN941JN978IILondon Aircraft Production
31​
JP107JP137IILondon Aircraft Production
49​
JP159JP207IILondon Aircraft Production
40​
JP220JP259IILondon Aircraft Production
27​
JP275JP301IILondon Aircraft Production
20​
JP319JP338IILondon Aircraft Production
42​
LK626LK667VFairey
32​
LK680LK711VFairey
22​
LK725LK746VFairey
43​
LK890LK932VRootes
32​
LK945LK976VRootes
12​
LK988LK999VRootes
42​
LL112LL153VRootes
32​
LL167LL198VRootes
46​
LL213LL258VRootes
43​
LL270LL312VRootes
43​
LL325LL367VRootes
44​
LL380LL423VRootes
33​
LL437LL469VRootes
41​
LL481LL521VRootes
9​
LL534LL542VRootes
24​
LW223LW246IIEnglish Electric
43​
LW259LW301IIEnglish Electric
33​
LW313LW345IIEnglish Electric

According to Jefford, Halifax II and V used by 40 different squadrons,
II only 10, 35, 51, 58, 78, 102, 103, 158, 178, 419, 460, 462, 466, 502, 511, 614
V only, 295, 296, 297, 298, 347, 427, 431, 434, 517, 518, 520, 644
II and V, 76, 77, 138, 148, 161, 192, 301, 346, 408, 428, 429, 624
 

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