Bristol 163 Buckingham
B.Mk I DX255
Having developed the Beaufighter from the
Beaufort, the Air Ministry, in 1940, then requested that
Bristol's modify the fighter back into a high speed
bomber. In the event, the Type 161 Beaumont
would have been designated never got beyond the drawing board stage,
but in response to a new
they came up with the Type 163 Buckingham B. Mk I.
Although less than an outstanding
119 had been built by which time the clearly superior Mosquito was
after 54 Buckingham bombers had been built, the remainder were
converted to high speed courier
machines. 65 unfinished Buckinghams on the production line were
converted to Type 166 Buckmaster
transports. Seen above is the second prototype Buckingham.