The LANCASTER Manual
Official Air Publication for Lancaster Mk I and III, 1942~45
Signed by 3 distinguished Lancaster Pilots at the RAFM book launch in 1977
Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie DSO DFC AFC*
Air Commodore Henry I Cozens CB AFC
Arms & Armour Press First edition 1977. 530 pages and crammed full of diagrams, cutaways and tables
Fine condition book and dustjacket. Clean, bright and tight in a protective wrapper.
The most famous British bomber of World War II, the Avro Lancaster flew on many famous raids – the ‘Dambusters’ Raid, the daylight raid on Augsburg and the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz. As the backbone of the British bombing offensive, Lancasters inflicted decisively crippling damage on enemy factories and installations. As the up-engined development of the unsuccessful Avro Manchester I, the Lancaster first became operational in March 1942. Its four 1640hp Rolls Royce Merlin engines made it a formidable weapon, and it was the only bomber capable of carrying the 22,000lb ‘Grand Slam’ bomb. By the summer of 1944, it equipped more than 40 squadrons, and during its service career – with the British, Australian and Canadian air forces – over 7,000 of these redoubtable aircraft were built.
The Lancaster Manual is reprinted from the official manuals originally produced by the Air Ministry for the personnel who actually flew and maintained the aircraft. All the essential technical details, including instructions for ground crews, handling and flying notes, electrical and radio equipment, airframe design and armament, are to be found within these pages, affording a uniquely authoritative reference source on the Lancaster Marks I and III. Fully illustrated throughout, it is enhanced by a large fold-out diagram showing a cutaway view of the aircraft.
Group Captain Thomas “Hamish” Mahaddie, (1911 – 1997) was trained as an RAF ground crew rigger. He had earned his wings and reached the rank of sergeant pilot by the outbreak of the Second World War. In his second tour he was selected to be a member of the newly formed Pathfinder Force (No. 8 Group RAF). At the end of his second tour he was brought onto Air Vice Marshal Don Bennett’s Staff in the position of Group Training Inspector to select and train aircrews to serve in the Pathfinder Force. Within the span of two years from the start of the war Mahaddie had risen in rank from sergeant to group captain. Following the war he continued to serve in the RAF until 1958. Out of the service he worked as an electronics consultant for the Armed Services, and as an aircraft consultant for the film industry. His most remarkable accomplishment in the film industry was the procurement of aircraft, crews and service personal for the 1969 film Battle of Britain.
Air Cdre Henry I Cozens, (1904 – 1995) was the CO of 19 Squadron in 1938, and as such commanded the first operational Spitfire Squadron in the RAF during which he wrote a report which resulted in vital early modifications to the Spitfire for which he was awarded the AFC. After staff tours he became a Bomber Squadron Commander and then Station Commander of RAF Hemswell. Here he pursued his interest in filmmaking, making the only colour movie film ‘Night Bombers’, in 1944 which chronicled a raid over Germany by Lancaster bombers. This film is still available commercially and on YouTube.
Bob Chandler was a Lancaster pilot who was featured in the aforementioned film as Flt Lt Harris.
A wealth of information on the Lancaster, especially if you intend to restore one or even just build an accurate model, with room for more signatures to be added.