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Avro Lancaster
Avro Lancaster with Hurricane.jpg
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - photo Cpl Phil Major
617 Squadron Lancaster.jpg
A 617 Squadron Lancaster dropping a "tall boy" bomb
History
Type 4 engine monoplane
Role Heavy bomber
Designer Avro
Manufacturer Avro
Produced A.E. Roe (3 locations) plus 5 other companies.
Number built 7,377
Primary users RAF; RCAF; RAAF
In service February 1942
Out of service 1962 RCAF


Remarks

General characteristics

  • Crew: Seven - Pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer/nose gunner, wireless operator, mid upper and read gunners.
  • Length: 21.13 m
  • Wingspan: 31.09 m
  • Height: 6.25 m
  • Empty weight: 16,738 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 30,844 kg
  • Powerplant: 4 x Rolls Royce Merlin XX V112 liquid cooled piston engines. 1,280 hp each
  • Maximum speed: 454 km/h at 3,962 m
  • Range: 4,070 km
  • Service ceiling: 6,500 m
  • Armament
  • Guns: 2 x .303 Browning Mk II machine guns each in nose and upper turrets, and 4 of same in rear turret.
  • Bombs: Maximum load of 6,400 kg

Crew members

61 & 617 Squadron RAF