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|Extra Details : Avro Lancaster Mk III ND845 MG-C. by M A Kinnear.|
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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|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn : Squadrons updated (added 388th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
|New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 10th May 1942 by Squadron Leader A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|New victory claim added : Ju88 (Half shared victory) claimed on 24th April 1942 by Flight Lieutenant A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|388th Fighter Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|New victory claim added : Me109 ((second claim on this date)) claimed on 16th August 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.32 Sqn RAF|
|New victory claim added : Ju87 claimed on 23rd April 1942 by Flight Lieutenant A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|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 Aircrew database for : Colonel Herbert L Prevost :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden X2899 : Airframe notes updated (added 06-04-1941 : Hampden was lost without trace after taking off from Scampton to lay mines off Brest.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : James Bain : First name updated (now James), Birth date updated, Victories updated, Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated|
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