This pictorial article was originally published in the January, 1943, issue of Air News magazine, vol 4, no 1, p 29.
The column is a page of 6 captioned photos.
Photos credited to Black Star.
- Lancaster embryo undergoes scrutiny of the A V Roe Company executives. This wooden scale model for wind tunnel testing furnished engineering data for Britain's number-one bomber, the Avro Lancaster I, that made its debut during the Augsburg day raid last April. Managing Director R H Dobson, CBE, is seated at head of table.
- The pretty English woman peers through the "optical flat" just as bombardiers are currently lining up Italian cities through this glass enclosure. The huge Lancasters are paying nightly visitations to Turin, Genoa and Milan and leaving as their calling cards 8-ton and 4-ton blockbusters. Rome may be next big target on the RAF list.
- These great wheel assemblies are required to support the Lancaster's 60,000 pounds. In addition to 8 tons of bombs, weight includes 2,000 gallons of fuel, four gun turrets.
- Camouflage is sprayed on the outer panels of the Lancaster's 102-foot wing. Note the extreme simplicity of the wing structure; this makes for easy maintenance and repair.
- The Frazier-Nash tail turret is being fitted into its mounting, an operation demanding great precision. These electric-hydraulic turrets swing four Browning .303-cal guns.
- The completed Lanc is towed onto field for test. The Lancaster's four engines develop speed of about 300 mph. Rome is 225 minutes from London at cruising speed.