Lancaster B I R5868 "S-Sugar" is the oldest surviving Lancaster. It was delivered to the RAF in June 1942 and flew for the remainder of the war. It originally as "Q-Queenie" with No. 83 Squadron RAF from RAF Scampton and then as "S-Sugar" with No. 463 and No. 467 RAAF Squadrons from RAF Waddington. This aircraft was the first RAF heavy bomber to complete 100 operations (going on to fly 137 sorties). It is now on display at the RAF Museum,

Lancaster B I R5868 "S-Sugar" is the oldest surviving Lancaster. It was delivered to the RAF in June 1942 and flew for the remainder of the war. It originally as "Q-Queenie" with No. 83 Squadron RAF from RAF Scampton and then as "S-Sugar" with No. 463 and No. 467 RAAF Squadrons from RAF Waddington. This aircraft was the first RAF heavy bomber to complete 100 operations (going on to fly 137 sorties). It is now on display at the RAF Museum,

Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF gather in front of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, 1948

Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF gather in front of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, 1948

Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF gather in front of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, 1948

Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF gather in front of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, 1948

The damaged fuselage and mid-upper turret of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, R5700 ‘ZN-G’, of No. 106 Squadron RAF based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, after crash-landing at Hardwick, Norfolk, following an attack by a German fighter over Essen. R5700, was among 60 aircraft taking part in one of the first “Oboe” raids on Essen, on the night of 13/14 January 1943, when it was twice attacked by a Focke Wulf Fw 190 “Wilde Sau” night-fighter shortly after bombing the target

The damaged fuselage and mid-upper turret of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, R5700 ‘ZN-G’, of No. 106 Squadron RAF based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, after crash-landing at Hardwick, Norfolk, following an attack by a German fighter over Essen. R5700, was among 60 aircraft taking part in one of the first “Oboe” raids on Essen, on the night of 13/14 January 1943, when it was twice attacked by a Focke Wulf Fw 190 “Wilde Sau” night-fighter shortly after bombing the target

An 8,000-lb HC bomb ('super cookie') is brought by tractor to a waiting Avro Lancaster of No. 106 Squadron RAF in its dispersal at Syerston, Nottinghamshire. The target on this particular night was Stuttgart, Germany.

An 8,000-lb HC bomb ('super cookie') is brought by tractor to a waiting Avro Lancaster of No. 106 Squadron RAF in its dispersal at Syerston, Nottinghamshire. The target on this particular night was Stuttgart, Germany.

North of Track by Alex Hamilton  The crew of a Lancaster go about their business, while searchlights swing across the nose of their bomber. ...

North of Track by Alex Hamilton The crew of a Lancaster go about their business, while searchlights swing across the nose of their bomber. ...

ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND 1942-1945 (C 4086A) Three stills from a film taken from Avro Lancaster Mark I, DV380 'AJ-N', of No. 617 Squadron RAF, flown by the Squadron commander,Wing Commander G L Cheshire, during the low-level marking of the Gnome-Rhone aero-engine factory at Limoges, France, on the night of 8/9 February 1944

ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND 1942-1945 (C 4086A) Three stills from a film taken from Avro Lancaster Mark I, DV380 'AJ-N', of No. 617 Squadron RAF, flown by the Squadron commander,Wing Commander G L Cheshire, during the low-level marking of the Gnome-Rhone aero-engine factory at Limoges, France, on the night of 8/9 February 1944

Inside a Lancaster Mk I cockpit

Bomber Command memorial: The RAF bombers of the Second World War

The damaged fuselage and mid-upper turret of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, after crash-landing at Hardwick, Norfolk, following an attack by a German fighter over Essen. It was among 60 aircraft taking part in the first “Oboe” raid on Essen on the night of January 13-14, 1943, when it was twice attacked by a Focke Wulf Fw-190 night-fighter.

The damaged fuselage and mid-upper turret of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, after crash-landing at Hardwick, Norfolk, following an attack by a German fighter over Essen. It was among 60 aircraft taking part in the first “Oboe” raid on Essen on the night of January 13-14, 1943, when it was twice attacked by a Focke Wulf Fw-190 night-fighter.

Wing Commander Guy Gibson, commander of 617 Squadron, boarding his Lancaster. Eight of the 19 bombers were lost.  617 Squadron RAF was formed in March 1943 to attack the Mohne and Sorpe dams, which provided water to the Ruhr, and the Eder, which helped keep canals at navigable depth. A special bomb was developed for the mission by Barnes Wallis. Dropped from low level, it bounced on the water before sliding down the dam wall.

Wing Commander Guy Gibson, commander of 617 Squadron, boarding his Lancaster. Eight of the 19 bombers were lost. 617 Squadron RAF was formed in March 1943 to attack the Mohne and Sorpe dams, which provided water to the Ruhr, and the Eder, which helped keep canals at navigable depth. A special bomb was developed for the mission by Barnes Wallis. Dropped from low level, it bounced on the water before sliding down the dam wall.

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