Handley Page Halifax bombers were real workhorses in WWII - they carried a large payload. The maximum bomb load was 14,500 lb (6,600 kg), carried in a bomb bay in the fuselage with six separate bomb compartments, and three bomb compartments in each wing inboard section.
Handley Page Halifax B Mark III, LW127 'HL-F', of No. 429 Squadron RCAF, in flight over Mondeville, France, after losing its entire starboard tailplane to bombs dropped by another Halifax above it. LW127 was one of 942 aircraft of Bomber Command despatched to bomb German-held positions, in support of the Second Army attack in the Normandy battle area (Operation GOODWOOD), on the morning of 18 July 1944. The crew managed to abandon the aircraft before it crashed in the target area.
A bomber that is certainly holier than thou. The holes are the result of splinters from an anti-aircraft rocket that exploded next to this Handley Page Halifax Mark II over Central Europe. Remarkably she was able to make it back to base in Italy.
Handley Page Halifax Mk I L7245, the second prototype aircraft, at Radlett, Hertfordshire, 1940. A 4-engined heavy bomber, the Halifax remained in service until the end of the war. Total Halifax production was 6,178 with the last aircraft delivered in April 1945. Although considered of inferior bombing capacity to her main rival, the Avro Lancaster, the Halifax remained very much on the front line during the strategic bombing of Germany.
Lisa Oppenheim. A Handley Page Halifax of No. 4 Group flies over the suburbs of Caen, France, during a major daylight raid to assist the Normandy land battle. [...] 1944/2012. (2012) Medium: Five gelatin silver prints (photograms) Dimensions: 109 13/16 x 23 5/8" (278.9 x 60 cm)