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    Gordon Thorburn(Author)

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No 9 Squadron of Bomber Command converted from the Wellington to the Lancaster in August 1942. W4964 was the seventieth Lanc to arrive on squadron, in mid April 1943. She flew her first op on the 20th, by which time No 9 had lost forty one of their Lancs to enemy action and another five had been transferred to other squadrons and lost by them. A further thirteen of the seventy would soon be lost by No 9. All of the remaining eleven would be damaged, repaired, transferred to other squadrons or training units, and lost to enemy action or crashes except for three which, in some kind of retirement, would last long enough to be scrapped after the war. Only one of the seventy achieved a century of ops or anything like it: W4964 WS-J.Across all squadrons and all the war, the average life of a Lancaster was 22.75 sorties, but rather less for the front-line squadrons going to Germany three and four times a week in 1943 and '44, which was when W4964 was flying her 107 sorties, all with No 9 Squadron and all from RAF Bardney.The first was Stettin (Szczecin in modern Poland), and thereafter she went wherever 9 Squadron went, to Berlin, the Ruhr, and most of the big ops of the time such as Peenemunde and Hamburg. She was given a special character as J-Johnny Walker, 'still going strong' and on September 15 1944, skippered by Flight Lieutenant James Douglas Melrose, her Tallboy special bomb was the only one to hit the battleship Tirpitz.During her career, well over two hundred airmen flew in J. None were killed while doing so, but ninety-six of them died in other aircraft. This is their story, and the story of one lucky Lancaster.

"A detailed account of a faithful Second World War bomber." East Anglian Daily Times / Ipswich StarA Suffolk author has written a detailed account of a faithful Second World War bomber. The Coastal SceneBooks such as this rarely come along. While there have been many recent books on Bomber Command, this is certainly one of the best. Airfix Model World --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Gordon Thorburn(Author)
  • Pen & Sword Aviation; Reprint edition (5 Oct. 2015)
  • English
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  • By Andy185 on 28 March 2016

    Interesting story and insight into what it was like to fly in these planes during the war. The book also highlights the problems faced in the plane itself, the cold and unpressurised conditions and the special suits worn in the Lancaster by the rear gunner, that sometimes failed to heat the wearer!

  • By dee on 16 January 2016

    An informative story about one very lucky lancaster bomber. It's an eye opener as to just how many of these beautiful planes were lost on ops and saddening that in the main 7 lads/men were lost each time one went down.

  • By Roger Smith on 1 May 2017

    A sad but engrossing book telling the story of a Lancaster bomber and the fate of the various crews that flew here on her 107 missions. Many air crew were lost in subsequent raids flying other Lancasters. Fate can be cruel death came to complete novice crews and experienced crews for many it just a case of being in the wrong patch of sky at the wrong time. A wonderful read one cannot help but admire these young men all volunteers who come not just from the UK but the Commonwealth , we all owe them so much.

  • By G G on 28 August 2017

    Interesting as a record.Does show how one man can force through a policy ignoring contrary opinion by sheer force of personality (Harris)Whilst it achieved it's end in general the achievements of the aircrew were blighted by the exceedingly inefficient means of delivering the ordnance on target. But that's War, if you wait for the perfect or at least adequate equipment you'll wait for ever.A book worth reading if only to highlight the bravery of so many who were never recognised after hostilities ended.

  • By Tarpole on 21 November 2015

    Great historical read providing invaluable facts about the Lanc and the Crews.My Dad was a Lancaster Pilot with 101 Sq so the book gave me a great insight into his experiences.

  • By Customer on 4 March 2016

    My Stepfather is so into his aviation and history of aircraft and war - loves it!

  • By don hawkwind on 14 August 2013

    Amazing story of just one Lancaster bomber and the many crews who flew in her. A very well researched book and a must for any aviation fans.It was interesting to read that an original survived the savages of war and all the things that was thrown at her.It would be interesting to read of other bombers ie Mosquito or Halifax in a similar vein, the bombers were the work horse of the new fighting force, the Royal Air Force only came into being in 1918, and not enough is written about the 55,053 bomber crews who lost their lives.

  • By Mr. Bryan F. Crebbin on 30 November 2013

    Luck of a Lancaster: 107 Operations, 244 Crew, 103 Killed in Action is a great book for World War 2 enthusiasts showing the perils faced by those who flew in the Lancaster bomber.


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