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Updated: 5 Aug 04

Full Official Name: Avro Type 679 (Manchester)

Manufacturer: Avro

Variants:

Role: Heavy Bomber

Crew: ?

In service: Nov 1940

Withdrawn: Jun 1942

Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)

49 Sqn, 50 Sqn, 61 Sqn, 83 Sqn, 97 Sqn, 106 Sqn, 207 Sqn, 420 Sqn,

The Manchester made it into front line service in Nov 1940 with 207 Sqn, the first operational sortie being an anti-shipping attack at Brest in Feb 1941. It was not a successful or popular type, however, due to the vulnerabilities of its twin Vulture engines and was finally withdrawn from service at the end of Jun 1942. For a more detailed account see the Bomber Command Historical Society website :: click here

Design

All-metal airframe. More Manchesters were lost as a result of engine failure than by enemy action.

Avro obtained a quartet of the proven Merlin engine against Air Ministry resistance, adjusted the wing design, and the result was the Lancaster.

Engines

Extremely unreliable, experimental twin Rolls-Royce Vulture engines.

Armaments

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Performance

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Combat radius

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Who operated what?
Armstrong Whitworth :: Battle :: BE2c :: Beaufighter :: Blenheim :: Camel :: Canberra :: DH4 ::DH6 :: DH9 :: Fawn :: Halifax :: Hampden :: Hart :: Hind :: Hurricane :: Hyderabad :: Lancaster :: Lightning :: Lincoln :: Manchester :: Mosquito :: NIMROD :: Phantom :: RE8 :: SENTINEL :: SENTRY :: Spitfire :: Stirling :: Tornado :: Valiant :: VC-10 :: Vulcan :: Washington :: Wellington
Manchester history by Bomber Command Historical Society

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