Item description for TON-UP LANCS: The story of the 35 RAF Lancasters that each completed 100 sorties in WWII by Norman Franks...
As most authors of factual books discover, information continues to come in after their books have been published. When Arms and Armour began a series under the heading of 'Claims to Fame' the first was 'The Lancaster', by well known aviation author and historian Norman Franks.
In the event the series only embraced two books, but over the last decade Norman has continued to research and has received more information on the 34 Lancasters covered, and in fact, that total is now 35. Rewritten with all the additional information collected, and with more photographs of the aircraft and then men who flew in these very special Avro Lancasters, Grub Street has decided to reprint the book in a new-size format, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of VE Day. Each Lancaster's history is recorded, supported by stories from aircrew members that flew in these veteran aircraft, along with what happened to them once or if - they had survived.
The most famous of course is 'Queenie' (W5868) the only one of these Lancasters that survives, and that can be seen today in the Bomber Command Hall at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, North London. She, as with one or two others, have some controversial accounting as to the actual number of bomber operations flown, but these are all explained in the book.
These controversies can also be explained by the detailed listing of each raid these 35 Lancasters flew during 1942-1945, together with the names of the pilot and crew that took them on bomber sorties all over Hitler's Third Reich, Northern Italy, during support missions before and after D-Day in June 1944 as well at attacking V1 rocket launch sites situated in Northern France. The book covers in detail how the research was carried out, the pitfalls that were encountered as well as a well-balanced view from one of the Lancaster's former Skippers on what it was like to fly a bomber tour of operations in Bomber Command.
The book will be supported by over 200 photographs of the aircraft and the men who flew in them. Many of these come from personal albums so have not been seen before.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 7.95" Height: 1.1" Weight: 2.38 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1904943098 ISBN13 9781904943099
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More About Norman Franks
Norman Franks lives in East Sussex and is a recognised authority on both World War 1 and World War 2 aviation history. With around 80 published works on his subject, he has written many titles for Osprey.
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Stories from a fascinating time Nov 4, 2005
By any measure the Avro Lancaster was one of the outstanding aircraft of World War II. The Lanc became the RAF's most famous four engined bomber. It was designed quite differently from the American B-17/B-24 bombers. While it was about the same size, it had more powerful engines (Rolls Royce or Packard built Merlin engines of 1640 horsepower vs. the 1200 hp engines of the B-17/B-24). The three gun turrets of the Lanc had a total of eight .303 caliber machine guns vs. the ten heavier .50 caliber guns on the American planes. The Lanc had more power and less weight than the American planes. The maximum bomb load of a B-24 was 8,000 pounds, the Lanc in its final form could carry 22,000.
7,366 Lancs were made. 35 of these made 100 or more missions. The story of those 35 planes is what this book is all about. Every bit of information that could be turned up on these 35 planes is given here: when/where manufactured, numbers, crew, missions, damage, everything known about the aircraft. It's fascinating to see what these aircraft did oh so many years ago.
And if you ever get to the RAF museum in England, be sure to look up R5868, the only survivor of the 35.