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Under the cover of darkness, on May 17,1943, 19 Lancaster heavy bombers of Royal Air Force Bomber Command flew over the coast of occupied Europe on a most secret mission. The crews had been specially trained and the aircraft specially prepared to carry barrel shaped bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. As the targets loomed closer, the designated aircraft initiated their attack runs at very low altitude. The first Lancaster released its bomb, followed by the other aircraft in its group, and as each pulled away the crew could see the bomb bouncing along the surface of the lake towards its concrete target, striking it and finally sinking and exploding. Back at base the news broke - Lancasters of 617 Squadron had breached the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe dams in northwest Germany and had caused major flooding of the vital Ruhr Valley industrial area. The floods had drowned some 1,200 German workers and had cost the RAF eight Lancaster bombers and their crews. This spectacular venture, and the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord in 1944, are the best known of all the exploits of the Lancaster, yet it was as the ceaseless nighttime destroyer of German industrial centers and cities that it did most to bring the war to a close.
The Lancaster bomber holds a special place of affection mingled with a great deal of pride in the hearts of British and Commonwealth citizens--feelings which perhaps find their parallel in the hearts of Americans toward the B-17 Flying Fortress. Just as the Spitfire epitomized the CommonwealthÃ¯Â¿Â½s supreme spirit of defiance in the face of seemingly irresistible defeat, so the evening sight and sound of streams of Lancasters Ã¯Â¿Â½heading outÃ¯Â¿Â½ toward the heartland of the German Reich was the ultimate translation of a war weary peopleÃ¯Â¿Â½s will to see the Nazi military and industrial machine--the source of colossal suffering for so much of the world--battered into oblivion.
The Lancaster flew for the first time on January 9,1941 as a four-engined development of the Avro Manchester. The RAF began to equip with Mk Is in early 1942 and used them first on March 10th against targets in Essen. Altogether, more than 7,300 Lancasters were produced in Britain as Mks I to VII and Canada as Mk Xs, and they dropped more than 608,000 tons of bombs on 156,000 wartime missions. Some Lancasters were still flying with the RAF in the early 1950s as maritime-reconnaissance, photo-reconnaissance and rescue aircraft.
Like all successful aircraft the Lancaster not only looked good but its flying characteristics matched its appearance. It is all the more ironic therefore that the birth of AvroÃ¯Â¿Â½s mighty machine owed so much to failure, the failure of its immediate predecessor, the twin engine Avro Manchester. The Avro 683 evolved almost accidentally as a result of recurrent failure of the insufficiently developed Rolls Royce Vulture engines installed in the Manchester.
PlaneArts aviation nose art panels are based on the actual panels from the aircraft shown in the photograph. Made of vintage aircraft grade aluminum, the average size is about 18.00 inches in height and 36.00 inches in width. They vary in shape and size due to the perspective of the image in question. A lot of the images are in black and white but there are some good quality color photos available as well which you will see in this section of the website.
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