“The Lancaster Mk III had a crew of seven, which was made up of the pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper gunner and rear gunner. During the Second World War Lancaster bombers took part in 156,192 missions and dropped a total of 608,612 tons of bombs. Of the 7,374 manufactured 3,431 were lost in action and 246 were destroyed due to operational accidents. Only 35 Lancaster aircraft managed to complete one-hundred operations, with the most successful completing one-hundred and thirty nine.”
Extract from Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters by Richard Edwards
Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters by Richard Edwards is a new ebook that tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of Bomber Command’s infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943.
The book looks at the development of the bouncing bomb and the intense wrangling within the RAF that almost stopped it from getting off the drawing board.
It also reveals the truth behind the mysterious air crash that one year later cost Gibson his life, including why the RAF chose to keep the actual cause of the crash a secret.
Other titles from Richard Edwards
Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation by Richard and Peter Edwards is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. The book tells the dramatic story of Britain’s aviation industry from the earliest pioneers to the government nationalisations that fashioned its destiny. The heroes are Britain’s most innovative aviators, those who persevered to be the first into the air, to fly the highest, the fastest and the furthest.
The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. Through vivid accounts of the air and sea battles that raged across the Pacific the book provides an in-depth history of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service. Aviation News said; “New material previously unpublished is included, within an extremely well-written narrative history.”