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Avro Lancaster

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Avro Lancaster

For many people the Avro Lancaster – also called the Lancaster bomber – is best known for its starring role in the 1954 film The Dam Busters with Michael Redgrave. The film tells the true story of the Lancaster’s wartime mission to destroy the dams of Germany’s industrial heartland in the Ruhr Valley. This action caused major flooding, and is said to have drowned 1,200 German workers, as well as costing the RAF eight Lancasters and their crews.

Manufactured in England during the war years, the Lancaster first flew in RAF missions in March 1942. It was a formidable weapon with its cavernous bomb bay, which was designed to carry a 22,000lb bomb by the end of the war. Its record from its introduction in 1942 until the end of the war was unmatched: the Lancaster dropped 608,612 tons of bombs, two-thirds of total RAF munitions.

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Your comments

Although the Spitfire played its part in the defence of our country during those dark early days of World War two, it was the power of the Lancaster bomber that was to turn the tide of the war in favour of the allies, this aircraft didn't just bomb from high altitude it carried out a number of dangerous sorties through out the war, most amazing of all was the famous "Dambusters " raid, where crews flew their aircraft at 100 feet to targets deep insdide Germany, to make repeated attacks at a mere 60 feet against a pinpoint target, this was all in the days before radar and night vision equipment, it was the confidence in the aircraft that gave the crews the belief to carry out these dangerous missions, the aircraft remained in service with the RAF untill the mid 50's and played its part as a maritime patrol aircraft , once again providing protection for this great nation of ours.

Phil Barnwell

Quite agree with all of the comments. Brits of my generation are well aware of the tremendous amount of help that we received from Commonwealth and other countries. My uncle was a flight engineer on Lancasters and Halifaxes with a multi-national crew - in fact I think all of my older relations were something in the armed forces during the war. Luckily most of them survived but, as I recall, more Bomber Command aircrew were killed on ops than there were UK civilians killed in the Blitz. The controversy about the policy of area bombing shouldn't reflect at all on the aircrew, who were doing their job as best as they could. I've got tremendous admiration for all of them, and I hope I would react half as well if I were to ever be in a similar situation. The Lancaster is, logically speaking, merely an old aeroplane, however excellent, but it represents a good deal more.
David Tyrie

By no means a pretty aircraft like the Spitfire, The Lanc was all function and it was damn good at it. The roar of four merlin engines as the BBMF lancaster goes overhead is a true memorial to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Dave Hodson

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