Military - Royal Air Force - Lancaster Retirement - St. Mawgan Coastal Command Station, Cornwall
The Royal Air Force saying goodbye to the last of it's great fleet of Lancasters, the plane which bore the brunt of bombing operations in the last few years of WWII. Bomber pilots who had flown the Lancaster raids, and high ranking RAF officers attended as the plane flew away to the breakers yards. The four engined Lancaster D for Delta, was withdrawn from Bomber Command in 1953 and has since then been flown by crews from Coastal Command. The Lancaster Bombers flew more than 156, 000 sorties in the WWII and dropped over 600, 000 tons of high explosive bombs. Altogether 7, 366 of the planes were built. Pictures shows High ranking RAF officers including (nearest camera) Air Chief Marshall Sir Wilfred Dawson, Air Marshall Sir Brian Reynolds, A.O.C.-in-C Coastal Command: Air Vice Marshall Gus Walker and Air Vice Commodore Charles Whitworth.
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