Did you know that our Museum Library has over 8500 books? Our collection is used by our visitors, by folks coming into the Museum to do research, by volunteers, and by those of you looking for titles related to topics of interest. If you’re not able to come into the Museum personally, perhaps your community library would have these titles, or perhaps you might like to purchase them from your favourite bookstore in order to have them in your home library.
The titles I’m sharing with you this time are focussed on the Lancaster:
Written by Leo McKinstry, who also wrote Spitfire: Portrait of a Legend, Lancaster: The Second World War’s Greatest Bomber has a close look at the place of the Lancaster in air history. “The Lancaster and the Spitfire were the RAF’s two weapons of victory in the Second World War. But without the bomber, Britain would never have been able to take the fight to the German homeland. Lancaster highlights the scale of the plane’s achievements, including the famous Dambusters attacks, and how it transformed the effectiveness of Bomber Command.
With the first-hand accounts from surviving pilots, engineers and ground crews, this is a compelling saga which cements the plane’s special place in our history.”
FM159, The Lucky Lancaster was authored by Dave Birrell. This is “one of 7377 Avro Lancasters built to wage war against the Nazis…now one of only four taxiable Lancasters in the world. It has flown widely over the Pacific, the Atlantic, and to the northern-most point in Canada; has been only weeks away from being scrapped; was towed by a truck across grainfields and through a river; suffered the ravages of thieves and vandals; and stood outdoors, only metres away from a major highway, for 31 years.
Today, as the Ian Bazalgette Memorial Lancaster, FM159 honours a Canadian Victoria Cross Recipient and is the centre-piece of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada.”
Compiled by Herb Smale , Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, RCAF Avro Lancaster KB839 serves to “pay tribute to this particular aircraft, the men and women who built it, the aircrew who flew in it, and those who maintained it.”
“RCAF Lancaster KB839 was built by Victory Aircraft Limited at Malton, Ontario in 1944. It now resides in the Heritage Aircraft Park of the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum located at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia.”
Smale points out that the Avro Lancaster was “unique”… it was an airman’s dream… it was rugged and could accept tremendous battle damage while still performing effectively. It inspired confidence in the crews that flew it… its performance was incredible…”
Avro Lancaster – The Survivors was authored by Glenn White. The book is dedicated to “those who have the foresight to preserve the past, and to those who choose to give up humanity’s single most precious gift – time, the memory of others before us shall never be forgotten.”
“The Avro Lancaster was perhaps the finest heavy bomber of WW2, with a distinguished career in wartime, and also post-war in less pugnacious roles. Very few of these magnificent aircraft remain, and this book describes and illustrates all the 17 survivors, including the two airworthy machines”… the book is “fully illustrated with contemporary photos of the aircraft in service, plus many detail photos in colour of their restoration and current conditions.”
Part of the Osprey Classic Aircraft series, Lancaster, a Bombing Legend was written by Rick Radell and Mike Vines. “One of the greatest British aircraft of all time, the Avro Lancaster was the mainstay of RAF Bomber Command in World War 2. This book features the only two airworthy Lancs in existence: the B Mk 1 operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the B Mk X flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage.”
I appreciated the quality and detail of the photographs in this book!
Lancaster: The History of Britain’s Most Famous World War II Bomber, written by Christopher Chant, “traces the development and operational record of the Lancaster, from first-line bomber service in World War II to later developments including the Lincoln bomber, York and Lancastrian transports, and the Shackleton maritime reconnaissance aircraft, which itself evolved into an airborne early warning aircraft that remained in service up to 1992.
With over 110 colour and black-and-white photographs and artworks illustrating the Lancaster in action and from all angles, this book tells the spectacular and enthralling story of this legendary aircraft, and of the men who flew it to victory.”
I found a good tribute to the Bomber Command in the January 2017 issue of FlyPast magazine; in addition, by checking their website, you’ll discover more information about the Lancaster. Also, our Museum Library has other books dedicated to the Lancaster. Come in and have a look at our collection!