The Avro Lancaster was the Royal Air Force? main four-engine bomber in World War II. Its superb design, overall performance, and load-carrying capacity proved key factors in successfully prosecuting the nocturnal bombing offensive against Hitler? industrial and military base. With its ability to carry up to 16,000 pounds in explosives and incendiaries, specialist Lancasters could also deliver the 12,000-pound ?allboy?and 22,000-pound ?rand Slam?bombs that took out key targets. The Lancaster was also featured in the classic 1955 British film The Dam Busters, the story of the famed May 1943 low-level bombing raid in Germany? Ruhr River valley. By the end of the war, upward of sixty squadrons operated the Lancaster, demonstrating clear proof of its preeminent presence within the RAF? offensive. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.
Ron Mackay? interest in WWII aviation commenced during that war. The local Coastal Command airfield at Wick, Scotland, provided a wealth of RAF and USAAF designs to stimulate his enthusiasm; postwar National Service sustained the interest. In addition, a working knowledge of the German language subsequently extended his field of study to the Luftwaffe, with specific reference to nocturnal operations? relevant choice, since his uncle flew and survived operations with Lancasters of No. 49 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. The latter activity led to regular visits to Luftwaffe reunions, with much valuable personal anecdotes and technical information garnered. To date, nearly thirty books, several of them coauthored, have been brought out, while on current hand are contracts for a further number of RAF and Luftwaffe titles.

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