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|Lancaster||The Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' "Operation Gomorrah" in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.|
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn added to aircrew database :|
Joining the Hell Hawks just after D-Day he was shot down by ground fire over occupied Falaise in August but with the help of French civilians evaded capture and returned to his unit. He finished the war with 79 combat missions and scored two aerial victories in April 1945.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton : Victories updated, Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|350th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|New victory claim added : Ju87 claimed on 23rd April 1942 by Flight Lieutenant A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|Hampden Mk.I AD827 of No.61 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Wellington Mk.IC T2542 of No.214 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr added to aircrew database :|
The pilot of P-47 The Madam, he served with the 365th from August 1943 until the end of the war. Flying missions on D-Day he took off in the darkness of the early hours, destroying a number of armoured vehicles including a Tiger tank.
|711th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|334th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Werner Husemann : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
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