The Avro Lancaster
The Lancaster heavy bomber produced by the Avro company was one of the finest weapons to enter large-scale production and service during World War 2 and has since become the one bomber most associated with the the county of Lincolnshire.
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7377 Lancasters were built during the 2nd World War. Only 2 currently remain airworthy.
Lancaster PA474 representing Lancaster BIII W5005 ‘AR-L’ “Leader” of 460 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron, with its nose art of a kangaroo in wellington boots playing bagpipes reflecting the mixed nationalities of the crew: Scottish, Welsh and Australian.
During WW2 Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with RCAF and RAF Lancaster squadrons in England. During the summer of 2014 The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart at raf coningsby lincolnshire.
A long, unobstructed bomb bay meant that the Lancaster could take the largest bombs used by the RAF, including the 4,000 lb (1,800 kg), 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) and 12,000 lb (5,400 kg) blockbuster.
Each Lancaster would normally have a seven man crew comprising of the pilot, navigator, flight engineer, bomb-aimer, radio operator/gunner, and two gunners 1 x dorsal 1 x rear.
Lancaster NX611 built by Austin Motors at Longbridge near Birmingham, she was one of the first 150 B Mk VII Avro Lancaster's destined as part of the RAF's Tiger Force in the Far East.