Veteran Lancs

A Photographic Record of the 35 RAF Lancasters that Each Completed One Hundred Sorties

Norman Franks

* A comprehensive photographic tribute to the 35 Lancaster Bombers that completed 100 or more sorties during the Second World War.

* Features images of the Bombers, as well as the crews that flew in them.

* Also pays tribute to the aircraft and crews that, whilst not quite managing to rack up the benchmark 100 sorties, still managed to complete
Date Published :
September 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Images of War
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473847262
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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Aviation historians will know that the Avro Lancaster bomber is the most famous aircraft to have fought with RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. They will know too that, of the 7,366 that were built, over 3,400 were lost on operations and a further 200 plus were destroyed and written-off in crashes. Operational sorties flown totaled more than 156,000, carrying over 600,000 tons of bombs to targets all over Europe.

But this came at a terrible cost. With extensive losses on some night operations, occurring when bombers were pitted against a dedicated German night-fighter arm (as well as anti-aircraft fire) it is not surprising, or even incredible, that just 35 Lancasters managed to complete 100 or more sorties during the course of the war. A number of them actually achieved well over one hundred sorties, and a few were tragically lost after reaching this amazing figure.

This book covers the history of these 35 incredible Lancasters, featuring many photographs of both aircraft and crew members drawn together in an effort to create a photographic record of these veterans. In addition, there is a section dedicated to many Lancasters that, whilst not achieving this almost magic total, either through eventual loss or the ending of the war, did achieve a large number of operations. Pictures of these have been added so that their achievements, as well as the achievements of the crews who flew in them, can be viewed together.

About The Author
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Norman Franks is a respected historian and author. Previous titles for Pen and Sword include InThe Footsteps of the Red Baron (co-authored with Mike OConnor), The Fighting Cocks, RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma, Dogfight, The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain (with Nigel McCrery) and Dowdings Eagles. Over the course of his career, Frank has published some of the most compelling works on First World War fighter aviation, being one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject.He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

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