Off Duty Lancaster at Rest by Gerald Coulson.
an all time classic image of the Lancaster bomber of Bomber ommand being prepared by the RAF ground crew. The ground crew showed their expertise and commitment in keeping these superb bombers ready and in top condition in all weather. In this atmospheric classic image, Gerald Coulson shows the gorund crew preparing the Lancaster, a great stalwart of Bomber Command during the second world war. A superb partner painting to the other classic Gerald Coulson image, Outbound lancaster.
|Item Code : GC0499||Off Duty Lancaster at Rest by Gerald Coulson. - This Edition|| Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price!|
|PRINT|| Open edition print. |
Sold out at publisher. We have the last 220 remaining prints.
| Image size 30 inches x 22 inches (76cm x 56cm)||none||£48.00|
|Other editions of this item : ||Off Duty Lancaster at Rest by Gerald Coulson ||GC0499|
|PRINT||Open edition print. |
Last 10 copies of this sold out edition.
| Image size 16 inches x 12 inches (41cm x 31cm)||none||£18.00||VIEW EDITION...|
|**Open edition print. (One print reduced to clear) |
Ex-display print with slight border damage and possible light scratch or dent on image.
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|The Aircraft :|
|Lancaster||The Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' "Operation Gomorrah" in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.|