Not an impressive service record at all.
Interesting to note that of the No.2 Group squadrons saddled with Venturas only one was RAF, the other two were Commonwealth units.
Aside from the shortcomings quoted below, they lacked decent defensive armament, all guns being .303 calibre and the upper turret the archaic Boulton Paul model as fitted to Hudsons.
Given the Ventura's front line operational career only spanned the period between November 3rd, 1942, through to September 9th, 1943, it was pretty much a disaster, 100% losses on the May 1943 Amsterdam raid finally hammering home the point.
Aircraft nicknames are a good indication of the aircrew opinions, the Ventura was dubbed 'The Flying Pig'.
Quote:"The first Ventura Mark Is were accepted by the Royal Air Force in September...