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Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review September 2015 Title Avro Lancaster
Author Richard Marks Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2015 ISBN 9781472809445
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95


From its origins in the troubled Manchester to spearheading the RAF's strategic bombing campaign over Germany, Osprey's Avro Lancaster highlights one of the finest heavy bombers of World War II.

As with other "Air Vanguard" titles, Richard Marks dedicates the first two-thirds to the Lancaster's design development and technical parameters.  The author compliments his text with detailed Mark-specific tables interspersed throughout.

Though, as the author notes, limited space precludes a more comprehensive account, the book's heart pulsates within the remaining third.  Here, Marks concentrates on the Lancaster's operational history.  From its official debut to sinking the Tirpitz, Lancaster bombers proved excellent and reliable workhorses of the RAF's Bomber Command.

The author concludes the publication with a brief section on the Lancaster's evolution into successor aircraft.  A bibliography and index completes this account.

Nearly 40 photographs – including aerial shots of bombings – and artwork by Adam Tooby supplement the author's narrative.  Need modeling ideas?  Eight color profiles offer inspiration.

Highly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!