Avro Lancaster B.I – Admiral Prune, 106 Squadron RAF, Guy Gibson first Lancaster Raid
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/144 scale Legends AA30203: Avro Lancaster B. I Admiral Prune of 106 Squadron RAF, as flown by Guy Gibson on his first Lancaster operation
Length 5.75 inches Wingspan 8.5 inches
Guy Gibsons’ first Lancaster operation was on 8th July 1942 when he took ten aircraft and bombed the docks at Wilhemshaven. Gibson named his aircraft Admiral Prune and the aircraft’s side was decorated with a Mickey Mouse figure with bombs underneath, depicting the number of trips or operations the aircraft had carried out. This aircraft was often used by Wg. Cdr. Guy Gibson, the squadron CO during his time with 106 squadron. Gibson went on to win the VC the following year as leader of the famous ‘Dambusters’ raid. ‘Admiral Prune’ flew 640 hrs before being lost on the Turin raid of 4/5 February 1943.
Designed to meet a specification for a new generation of “worldwide use” medium bombers, the Avro Lancaster was first flown on January 8, 1941. The design of the Lancaster evolved from an unsuccessful two-engine aircraft called the Manchester. The heavier Lancaster had four engines and an extensive bomb bay, with later versions capable of carrying 22,000 lb bombs. Used primarily as a night bomber, the Lancaster was a versatile aircraft that became most famous for its role in the 1943 “Dam Buster” raids on Germany’s Ruhr Valley dams. Between 1942 and 1945, Lancasters flew 156,000 sorties, dropping 608,612 tons of bombs on enemy targets.