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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|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Stirling N6086 : Aircrew updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD753 :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim V5826 :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Jay A Harrington :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim V5825 :|
|Lieutenant Colonel Carl R Riggs added to aircrew database :|
From November 1944 until the end of the war he completed 56 combat missions including the Battle of the Bulge and on 1st January 1945 was wounded during the Luftwaffe attack of Operation Bodenplatte but returned to combat shortly after.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Hauptmann Otto Schultz : Victories updated, Squadrons updated (added JG51), Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Wing Commander Allan Wright : Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated, Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Wing Commander)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden P4403 : Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Hampden was laying mines off Lorient. It later overshot and crashed into a hedge on coming in to land at St Eval. No injuries.)|
|R. C. Rendle added to aircrew database.|
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