Model Airplane News
June, 1944

Model Airplane News Cover for June, 1944 by Jo Kotula Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster
Model Airplane News Cover Art for June, 1944
by Jo Kotula
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The Avro Lancaster was a four-engined heavy bomber used by the Royal Air Force in World War II. Together with the Handley Page Halifax it was one of the main heavy bombers of the RAF,and became the most famous and most successful of the Second World War night bombers, delivering 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties." Although the Lancaster was primarily a night bomber, it excelled in many other roles including daylight precision bombing, and gained worldwide renown as the "Dam Buster" used in the 1943 raids on Germany's Ruhr Valley dams.

The Avro Lancaster      The Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster
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The aircraft was initially designated Avro Type 683 Manchester III, and later re-named the Lancaster. The prototype aircraft first flew in January of 1941. The aircraft proved to be one of the few warplanes in history to be 'right' from the start.

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