Your seven man crew embarks on a night mission, to bomb Nazi Germany. With eight machine guns and a bomb bay that can carry up to 22,00 lbs of bombs, your ready for anything. Your plane is the UK Royal Air Force‘s best night bomber. The Lancaster.
The massive Avro stood 19 ft tall with a length of 69.6 ft and wingspan of 102 ft. The Lancaster also had 4 Rolls Royce Merlin’s, the same engine that propelled the Spitfire to the “sonic wall“. So why doesn’t the Avro Lancaster go at supersonic speeds? Well, rather than an empty weight of 4,517 lbs, like the Spitfire, the Lancaster has an empty weight of 36,828 lbs, pulling the Lancaster down to a top speed of 272 mph.
The Avro Lancaster’s crew consists of a pilot, a copilot/flight engineer, a navigator, who sat behind a curtain while reading maps, to ensure that no light would alert ground or air enemy’s to their presence. There was also a radio operator, top turret manner, who used two machine guns in the middle of the plane, and a tail gunner, who controlled four machine guns to defend the rear and bottom of the plane, the most common attack places. finally, there is the Bombardier/Artilleryman, laid on his stomach in the nose of the plane behind a plastic cover, and manned the two forward machine guns, as well as determining targets and releasing bombs.
The RAF (Royal Air Force) lost an estimate of 3,920 Lancaster’s during WWII and normally a hit would result in the loss of a seven man crew. You shudder to think what could happen to you, even with the camouflage painting. You could come home a hero, or not at all. You are heavily armed and ready for almost anything. Almost, anything. You have to watch out for radar sensors and ground bullets. It’s a dangerous journey ahead.