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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|
|Wellington Mk.IC T2473 of No.9 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Karl-Heinz Schnell : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|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 R1380 : Aircrew updated (added Sergeant C. H. R. Mercer), Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Wellington was lost without trace after taking off from Stradishall.)|
|Blenheim Mk.IV V5521 of No.139 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1470 : Aircrew updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Commander Bill Esders : Aircraft updated (added Devastator), Squadrons updated (added VT-3), Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Commander)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Arsenii Vasilyevitch Vorozheikin : First name updated (now Arsenii Vasilyevitch), Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated|
|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.
|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|
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