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Colin  Williams Photography

Wakefield, United Kingdom

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The Lancaster section From The IWM London undergoes restoration At IWM Duxford

Fuji HS20EXR, Tripod Mounted, processed In Photomatix Pro.

The Avro Lancaster, a four-engine heavy bomber, is the
most famous and iconic bomber aircraft of the Second
World War.
The Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and
developed from the twin-engine Avro Manchester. In
place of the Manchester’s unreliable and underpowered
engines, the Lancaster was fitted with Rolls Royce
Merlin engines. The first prototype, BT308, made its
maiden flight on 9 January 1941. Development proceeded
swiftly and the first Lancasters to enter service were
delivered to 44 Squadron at RAF Waddington on Christmas
Eve 1941.
Dropping over 600,000 tonnes of bombs in over 156,000
sorties, the Lancaster was responsible for two-thirds
of the bombs dropped by Bomber Command over Germany and
German-occupied territory between March 1942 and May
1945. The Lancaster is famously associated with
Operation ‘Chastise’, popularly known as the
‘Dambusters’ raid, which took place on 16-17 May 1943,
when modified Lancasters from 617 Squadron attacked
three dams in the Ruhr Valley using ‘Bouncing Bombs’
designed by Barnes Wallis.

Other notable operations in which the Lancaster
participated include the sinking of the German
battleship Tirpitz in November 1944, and Operation
‘Manna’ in May 1945, when emergency supplies of food
were dropped by parachute to the starving Dutch people.
Of 7,377 Lancasters built, 3,249 were lost in action.
In total Bomber Command lost 55,573 men during the
Second World War, including a significant number of
Lancaster crew.

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