Lockheed Ventura

The Lockheed Ventura is a twin-engine medium bomber and patrol bomber of World War II.

  • Ventura
  • B-34 Lexington / B-37
  • PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
A Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Role Patrol bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lockheed
First flight 31 July 1941
Primary users United States Navy
Developed from Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar

The Ventura first entered combat in Europe as a bomber with the RAF in late 1942. Designated PV-1 by the United States Navy (US Navy), it entered combat in 1943 in the Pacific. The bomber was also used by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), which designated it the Lockheed B-34 (Lexington) and B-37 as a trainer. British Commonwealth forces also used it in several guises, including antishipping and antisubmarine search and attack.

The Ventura was developed from the Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar transport, as a replacement for the Lockheed Hudson bombers then in service with the Royal Air Force. Used in daylight attacks against occupied Europe, they proved to have weaknesses and were removed from bomber duty and some used for patrols by Coastal Command.

After USAAF monopolization of land-based bombers was removed, the US Navy ordered a revised design which entered service as the PV-2 Harpoon for anti-submarine work.


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