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|The Aircraft :|
|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|
|No.753 Sqn FAA added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden X3129 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 01-04-1941 : Hampden was shot down at Lannilis near Brest. )|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD748 : Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Hampden was laying mines off la Rochelle. On return, it crashed into high ground at Hangingstone Hill on Dartmoor.)|
|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.
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington L7859 :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Officer Allan Benjamin Angus : First name updated (now Allan Benjamin), Service number updated (now 40281), Victories updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD753 :|
|No.1843 Sqn FAA added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Sergeant Alan Norman Feary : First name updated (now Alan Norman), Birth date updated, Victories updated, Aircraft updated (added Spiteful), Rank updated (now Sergeant)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington X3167 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 08-04-1941 : Wellington was presumed lost over the sea.)|
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