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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 : Blenheim N3552 : Aircrew updated (added E. E. Blomeley), Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Blenheim was lost without trace.)|
|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 : James Bain : First name updated (now James), Birth date updated, Victories updated, Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|New victory claim added : Ju88 claimed on 18th August 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.32 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD790 :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim T2439 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Blenheim crashed and exploded near Dorchester while trying to locate Boscombe Down.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Matt Ruper : Squadrons updated (added 386th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
|Manchester Mk.I L7302 of No.207 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|1st Lieutenant Jay A Harrington added to aircrew database :|
Flying from March 1944 opne of his first missions was the hit on the marshalling yard at Haiger. He flew missions on D-Day, the major strike on St Lo and throughout the advance from Normandy to the final days in Germany up to the end of the war.
|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.)|
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