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Lancaster Outbound

By patspeirs  
Lancaster Outbound

Aircraft of 100 Sqdn slowly turn on to a north-easterly heading, shortly after take off, as the wintry sun sets. Unlike the USAF procedure of massed formations the Lancaster force flew as individuals, completely self-contained for navigation and target finding. The path to the target area was defined by the Group navigation team and was best adhered to if the individual crew wished to miss the known highly defended areas. Navigation and timing was of the utmost importance as all aircraft, often close to 1,000 by this time in 1944, were planned to be through the target area in a 45 minute time frame, thus saturating the Lufwaffe air and ground defences. With safety in numbers, cocooned in the mainstream 'traffic', the navigator was the king-pin in the crew (but then I would say that wouldn't I)!!

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Lancaster Ww2

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
8 Sep 2011 10:02AM
Excellent Pat.

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Shroomer 11 14 167 England
8 Sep 2011 10:04AM
Wonderful piece of work yet again Pat. Great to see a Lancaster of the 'Tatty Tons'
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 Sep 2011 10:08AM
Beautifully compiled image, Pat: and of course your narrative adds so much as always, recounting aspects of WW11 RAF history and the methods and practices of Bomber Command in this case.
Excellent work.
8 Sep 2011 10:12AM
Excellent work. Well done
8 Sep 2011 10:41AM
Don't know how you done it, just fantastic.
8 Sep 2011 11:18AM
Nice work again and excellent narrative thanks

Cormy 10 3 England
8 Sep 2011 11:36AM
Superb Pat.A really outstanding image.
TonyBrooks 9 72 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2011 2:52PM

mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2011 4:01PM
Well put together
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2011 4:11PM
Mmmmmm....stunning !!!
Rees 10 14 Wales
8 Sep 2011 5:36PM
Excellent work - just superb and informative - well done.
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2011 9:26PM
Super as always Pat, and the narrative too. Anyone would think you'd been navigator Wink
8 Sep 2011 9:49PM
Only way to go, Alan.
Very nice. My Dad { a tail end charlie in 153 Sqdn in 1944/45} called this a 'gaggle' as fully laden aircraft moved off to the dangerous concentration points to combine with others to form the bomber stream, often in the dark. A 'gaggle he described as "a group of aircraft flying at roughly the same height and in roughly the same direction at roughly the same time - never to be confused with formation flying"
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
9 Sep 2011 7:00PM
Looks like they are getting better and better Grampa with the amount of awards you are getting. So with your navigating they will hit Australia then.

9 Sep 2011 9:46PM
Hi Alistair - a fine description and a good example ofthe difference between the USAF approach and the RAF. Your Dad would be at one of the more famous bomber bases, Scampton, at that time - he and his fellow crew members served us all well in those days - a quiet salute to them all. Thanks for the input.......................Pat
LeeFisher 9 59 8 England
10 Sep 2011 6:34PM
superb work,
wyatturp 12 2 England
10 Sep 2011 9:55PM
well done, so good to view!!!
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:51PM
Great image and information Pat.


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