BBMF Avro Lancaster PA474

Greenham Flypast 6th June 2024

The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two.

For the last three years of WWII the Lancaster was the main heavy bomber used by Bomber Command to take the war to the heart-land of Nazi Germany.

The average age of crew members in these bombers was just 22 years old. On average Lancasters completed just 21 missions before being lost.

A total of 7377 Lancaster bombers were built from 1941 onwards, in ten factories across two continents. At the height of production over 1,100,000 men and women were employed working for over 920 companies.

One of just two bombers that remain operational. Avro Lancaster PA474 was built at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden Airfield, Chester on 31 May 1945, just after VE day. The war in the Far East ended before she was deployed and she did not take part in any hostilities. Return to D-DAY80