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Commemoration: RAF Anniversary in 1988 - eight aircraft failed to return, 53 men were killed and three became prisoners of war

The aircrew from 617 Squadron headed to the Peak District because the Derwent Dam resembled some of the German dams they were planning to destroy in Lancaster aircraft, similar to the one pictured right.

Lancaster "Phantom of the Rhur"

Lancaster "Phantom of the Rhur"

The work horse bomber for Great Britain was the Avro Lancaster, designed by the talented and successful, Ray Chadwick. Starting in early 1942 the Lancasters went on over 150,000 missions until the end of the war. Over 7,000 were manufactured and almost half were lost in action.

Rethink Everything You Think You Know About World War II - Britains War Machine

A very dramatic shot of FM213, the Mynarski Lancaster thundering out of stormy skies. One could imagine this to be a lone Lancaster flying over Kent as the sun comes up on the way home from a long night bombing mission. Photo by Eric Dumigan

A very dramatic shot of the Mynarski Lancaster thundering out of stormy skies. One could imagine this to be a lone Lancaster flying over Kent as the sun comes up on the way home from a long night bombing mission. Photo by Eric Dumigan

"" The Waving Bomb Aimer ". Awesome Sounding Lancaster Takeoff With Spitfire Lead. - YouTube" And a Spitfire to start.

🇬🇧 " The Waving Bomb Aimer ". Awesome Sounding Lancaster Takeoff With Spitfire Lead.

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Lancasters and a Manchester bomber at Syerston, nr Nottingham

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Lancaster B Mark II (serial of No. 115 Squadron RAF undergoing a test of its Bristol Hercules VI sleeve-valved radial engines in a dispersal at East Wretham, Norfolk. failed to return from a bombing raid over Bochum, Germany on June

A WAAF electrician making an adjustment to the bomb switch units of a Lancaster bomber

The Women's Auxiliary Air Force:A WAAF electrician making an adjustment to the bomb switch units of a Lancaster bomber.