The Avro Lancaster is one of Britain’s most iconic wartime aircraft, and its legacy has lived on from generation to generation ever since, with many a youngster’s imagination captured by that hypnotic whir and hair-raising sound of its four Merlin engines operating in unison as its robust airframe hurtles past overhead.
The brainchild of this remarkable aircraft was Avro’s Chief Designer Roy Chadwick. Taking its first test flight in early 1941, it was rushed into production and started to see operational service from late 1941 to early 1942. Its eventual impact on the war was described by Sir Arthur Harris - Head of Bomber Command - as their ‘Shinning Sword,’ but it was more than that to all those who served upon and relied on her for their safe return. It captured the hearts of all those who flew her, one Lancaster Pilot, Flt. Lt. Rusty Waughman of 101 Special Operations Squadron, described her as the best aircraft he had the privilege of flying, she handled a treat and truly was a ‘Queen of the Skies.’
Over seven thousand Lancasters would be eventually produced between 1941 - 1946; sadly though nearly half of all this number were lost during the war. This design is dedicated to all of those brave men who volunteered to serve aboard a Lancaster during the Second World War, and who never made it home again.