ON THIS DAY: 9TH JAN 1941 - MAIDEN FLIGHT OF LANCASTER BOMBER
Ground staff fueling and bombing-up a Lancaster before take off on a night operation. The mechanic in the foreground lying on a bed of incendiary bombs, was not being slacking, but waiting for the bomb-chamber to be prepared before loading up.
Great Cutaway drawing showing the interior of the Lancaster.
|First flight||9 January 1941|
|Primary users||Royal Air Force Royal Canadian Air Force Royal Australian Air Force Royal New Zealand Air Force|
|Developed from||Avro Manchester|
|Developed into||Avro York Avro Lincol|
The plane bursts into life. 55,573 airmen died helping to defeat Hitler during the Second World War The famous 460 Squadron (Australia) Lancaster bomber 'G' George resting at Binbrook, Lincolnshire, after completing 90 operations over enemy territory during WWII
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