|Aircraft :: Manchester|
Updated: 5 Aug 04
Full Official Name: Avro Type 679 (Manchester)
Role: Heavy Bomber
In service: Nov 1940
Withdrawn: Jun 1942
Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)
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was not a successful or popular type, however, due to the vulnerabilities of its twin Vulture engines and was finally withdrawn from service at the end of Jun 1942.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
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.
Extremely unreliable, experimental twin Rolls-Royce Vulture engines.
|Manchester history by Bomber Command Historical Society
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