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Lancaster: The Second World War's Greatest Bomber

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The Spitfire and the Lancaster were the two RAF weapons of victory in the Second World War, but the glamour of the fighter has tended to overshadow the performance of the heavy bomber. Yet without the Lancaster, Britain would never have been able to take the fight to the German homeland. Highlights the scale of the bomber`s achievements, including the famous Dambusters att ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Hodder (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Chin Joo
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2, history
This is a book that covers all aspects of the great bomber, from its inception to its missions, from how it was built in the factories to how the crews at the airfields refuel, and load the bombs. Most of all, the author also frankly discussed all the great and controversial missions that the Lancaster took part in. But the liveliest parts of the books are those that quoted from the crews first hand or from their diaries.

Personally I enjoyed the parts detailing the missions best. They are exciti
Susan Paxton
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Definitely the best "airplane biography" I've ever read, McKinstry details the career of the Lancaster, starting with its inception as a four-engined variant of the unlovable Manchester, and throughout its sterling service in World War II, and even beyond. Along the way, the author covers a great deal of ground and a wide array of topics very ably - famous Lancaster missions like the Dambusters raid, controversy (including a very thorough discussion of Dresden), the ground crews, the workers who ...more
Lee Donohue
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book by author Leo McKinstry, about the history behind what may have been one of the greatest four-engined aircraft of World War II, and how it was used in the conflict. From its disastrous beginning to its successful use to the very end of the war, and even after, the author in fine detail presents the reader the rich history of the Lancaster bomber. A marvelous book which was slightly difficult for me to read but definitely worth the time.
Robert Hepple
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
As is clear from the title, a book about the Avro Lancaster bomber during it’s operational time in World War 2. The looks at the bomber from several viewpoints, including design, leadership, procedures at bases, and different missions during the war. The text mainly consists of anecdotes from around the viewpoint areas, coming from a huge number of specified sources. The nature of the anecdotes varies a lot, as it includes such items as details of Arthur Harris’s private life, several mentions o ...more
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Having read Paul Brickhill's superb book on the Dambusters as a child I have always adored this aeroplane. Now I know that it is not only famous but brilliant and that this brilliance is due to it's designer, Roy Chadwick. This is clearly a man who should have a statue to him. If he hadn't died flying a newly designed aeroplane in 1947 he'd have been a household name.
The appalling cost in lives in Germany and those of the incredible bomber command crews confirm the sheer desperation of Britain t
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference, german
What a story. The design and operation of the development of a four engined bomber is covered with clarity and enthusiasm. The more you read, the more you think - what luck the Germans failed to develop thier own similar equipment.

I recommend reading Bomber as well for comparison.

Caroline Greeven
Absorbing story of the WWII bomber, the Lancaster, and the drama and turmoil that went into designing it. Told in an engaging and accessible voice (you don't need to be a history or aviation aficionado to enjoy it). It's a long one, and I was reading it while doing a ton of travel. I got a kick out of how many flights this book about flight took. Well recommended.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
A history of the Lancaster bomber, should of been a fairly dry read, but as it included many pieces that were written by the users of this iconic piece of engineering it was brought to life in a really vivid way. The final couple of chapters (post WW2) read more like shopping lists and didn't seem to flow with the rest of the book.
Tom Kane
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book. It takes from the design to when the bomber ended it's days with coastal command some fifty years later. The crews had the finest bomber in World War II and their survival rate was astonishing. But for this aircraft, manay more crew would died.
Russell Parker
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic piece of research by the author. Loaded with information it is a must for anyone with an interest in Lancaster Bombers and world war two.
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Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator. He has also written nine books including a life of Geoff Boycott, which was recently named one of the finest cricket books written in a Wisden poll. His best-selling biography of the footballing Charlton brothers was a top-ten bestseller and won the Sports Book of the Year award, while his study of Lord Rosebery won ...more
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