William Beardmore & Co. had been in business long before the war. In addition to Beardmore engines, the firm was awarded contracts for the R.A.F. B.E.2c. But they also designed a series of their own aeroplanes, none of which were built in large numbers.
Aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:
- The prototype WB.I bomber was wrecked in a collision and no further WB.Is were built.
- Three varieties of WB.II reconnaissance planes were built, but none were accepted for production.
- The prototype WB.IV fighter was not completed because standard RFC fighters could meet all requirements.
- The cannon-armed WB.V fighter project was abandoned after the prototype was wrecked in early 1918.
- Bruce, p.77
- Nowarra, p.116.