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Framed Picture Print of a Lancaster Bomber.

From the Collection of Lara RSL Sub Branch McClelland Ave Lara Victoria

Description
Rectangular shaped glass covered picture frame with photo print of a Lancaster Bomber.
Size
900mm x 640mm x 20mm deep.
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Object Registration
817
Keywords
lancaster bomber, ww2, avro, lara r.s.l. british aircraft.
Historical information
The Lancaster Bomber was one of the most famous aircraft of World War II. It first saw service in 1941 and became the RAF’s main bomber during the war.
The first prototype Lancaster flew in January, 1941. A total of 7,377 Lancasters were made, after the first one rolled off the production line in October, 1941.
It carried a crew of 7 and could fly at about 454 kmh. The plane was just over 21 metres long, had a wingspan of 31 metres and a flying range of 4,000 km.
The Lancaster was normally armed with 8 Browning machine guns, as well as bombs. Some planes were modified so they could carry the so called Grand Slam bomb, weighing 10,000 kg.
During World War II, Lancasters flew over 156,000 sorties, or raids. They dropped over 50 million incendiary bombs and over 608,000 tons of explosive bombs.
Significance
One of the most famous bombing raids was a 1942 raid on Cologne, Germany. Over 1,000 bombers dropped bombs on the industrial city, destroying over 600 acres.
Many Lancaster crew members were given medals for heroic actions while flying. Guy Gibson had flown 170 missions by the age of 24 and was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Towards the end of World War II, Lancaster Bombers dropped food into the occupied Netherlands.
Last updated
22 Nov 2018 at 2:39PM