Washington to the RAF

Last revised December 21, 2002


In order to meet postwar British nuclear-capable bomber needs until the English Electric Canberra could be delivered in quantity, in 1950, 87 B-29s were loaned to the Royal Air Force as the Boeing Washington. Serials were as follows: WF434/448, WF490/514, WF545/574, WW342/355, and WZ966/968. The RAF Washingtons were all returned to the USAF by 1955. However two RAF Washingtons (WW345 and WW353) were turned over to the Royal Australian Air Force and were assigned the serials A76-1 and A76-2.

Serials of the Boeing Washington delivered to the RAF

42-94024/94073		Boeing B-29A-25-BN Superfortress
				94052 to RAF as Washington WF444
44-27326/27358		Martin-Omaha B-29-40-MO Superfortress
				27342 to RAF as WF438
44-61510/61609		Boeing B-29A-35-BN Superfortress
				61559 to RAF as Washington WF511
				61584 to RAF as Washington WF446
				61585 to RAF as Washington WF506
				61599 to RAF as Washington WF434
44-61610/61709		Boeing B-29A-40-BN Superfortress
				61634 to RAF as Washington WF439
				61642 to RAF as Washington WF493
				61678 to RAF as Washington WF435
				61695 to RAF as Washington WF496
44-61710/61809		Boeing B-29A-45-BN Superfortress
				61714 to RAF as Washington WF441
				61728 to RAF as Washington WF508
				61743 to RAF as Washington WF448
				61792 to RAF as Washington WF436
44-61810/61909		Boeing B-29A-50-BN Superfortress
				61883 to RAF as Washington WF443
				61889 to RAF as Washington WF499
				61894 to RAF as Washington WF502
44-61910/62009		Boeing B-29A-55-BN Superfortress
				61937 to RAF as Washington WW346
				61938 to RAF as Washington WF504
				61969 to RAF as Washington WF560
				61978 to RAF as Washington WF558
				61982 to RAF as Washington WF501
				62001 to RAF as Washington WF505
				62003 to RAF as Washington WF509
				62005 to RAF as Washington WF510
				62006 to RAF as Washington WF563
44-62010/62109		Boeing B-29A-60-BN Superfortress
				62013 to RAF as Washington WF549
				62014 to RAF as Washington WF559
				62016 to RAF as Washington WF512
				62030 to RAF as Washington WF573
				62032 to RAF as Washington WF550
				62037 to RAF as Washington WF513
				62043 to RAF as Washington WF500
				62049 to RAF as Washington WW345, to RAAF
					as A76-1.
				62050 to RAF as Washington WF551
				62062 to RAF as Washington WF445
				62101 to RAF as Washington WF546
				62105 to RAF as Washington WF569
				62109 to RAF as Washington WF561
44-62110/62209		Boeing B-29A-65-BN Superfortress
				62128 to RAF as Washington WF495
				62129 to RAF as Washington WF554
				62135 to RAF as Washington WF566
				62153 to RAF as Washington WF545
				62154 to RAF as Washington WF548
				62155 to RAF as Washington WF494
				62159 to RAF as Washington WF447
				62177 to RAF as Washington WF557
44-62210/62328		Boeing B-29A-70-BN Superfortress
				62231 to RAF as Washington WF503
				62234 to RAF as Washington WF507
				62235 to RAF as Washington WW343
				62236 to RAF as Washington WF562
				62241 to RAF as Washington WF570
				62243 to RAF as Washington WF565
				62244 to RAF as Washington WF574
				62250 to RAF as Washington WF556
				62254 to RAF as Washington WF555
				62256 to RAF as Washington WF562
				62257 to RAF as Washington WF571
				62259 to RAF as Washington WF564
				62266 to RAF as Washington WF572
				62280 to RAF as Washington WF514
				62282 to RAF as Washington WZ967
				62283 to RAF as Washington WZ966
				62296 to RAF as Washington WZ968
				62328 to RAF as Washington WF547
44-69655/69704		Boeing B-29-55-BW Superfortress
				69680 to RAF as Washington WF437

Sources:


  1. Warbird History--B-29 Superfortress, Chester Marshall, Motorbooks International, 1993.

  2. The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Mich Mayborn, Aircraft in Profile, Doubleday, 1969.

  3. B-29 Superfortress, John Pimlott, Gallery Books, 1980.

  4. Boeing Aircraft Since 1916, Peter M. Bowers, Naval Institute Press, 1989.

  5. E-mail from Chris Howlett on deliveries of B-29 pending the availability of the Canberra. Also a correction on USAAF serial numbers of WF560 and WF561. Also an identification of USAF serial numbers for WF548, WF562, WF563, WF565, WF566.

  6. E-mail from Gordon Birkett on USAF serials for WZ966, WZ967, WZ968