From Wings of Linen

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.[1]

Production Aircraft

Aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:



  1. The prototype WB.I bomber was wrecked in a collision and no further WB.Is were built.[2]
  2. Three varieties of WB.II reconnaissance planes were built, but none were accepted for production.[2]
  3. The prototype WB.IV fighter was not completed because standard RFC fighters could meet all requirements.[2]
  4. The cannon-armed WB.V fighter project was abandoned after the prototype was wrecked in early 1918.[2]
  1. Bruce, p.77
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nowarra, p.116.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain: Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070