Lancaster: A Daring Bomber Raid Over Occupied France
The Lancaster Bomber is one of the most iconic aircraft of World War Two. It entered service in early 1941 and went on to be Britain’s main heavy bomber aircraft during the War, serving predominantly on night-time bombing raids of German-occupied Europe. Its effectiveness ensured that the Lancaster proved central to the successful Allied bombing strategy from 1942 onwards.
These aircraft embarked on several high-profile missions, including the attack on the Ruhr valley that compromised German resources on the eve of their eastern offensive in 1943 and was immortalised in the 1955 film The Dam Busters. By the end of the war, Lancasters had dropped over 600,000 tonnes of explosives.
Being part of a bomber crew was fraught with risk. Although each aircraft was protected by numerous gunners, the Lancaster was more cumbersome than its swifter, smaller hunters: the fighter pilots of the German Luftwaffe.
Not only that but during many of these bombing raids, the Lancaster and their crews would have to fly through heavy anti-aircraft fire, the valley of death, to reach their target, before the even-more-dangerous return journey. 125,000 men volunteered to fight for RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. 55,573 never returned.
Lancaster: A Daring Bomber Raid over Occupied France is a moving short story that tells the story of a young bomber crew as they fly one daring night raid over occupied France in the face of insurmountable odds. It was directed by Philip Stevens and produced by Tom Walsh.Duration: 13 Min