The Lancaster at War
The Lancaster at War tells the incredible story of the famous Avro Lancaster, the crews who flew her and the epic aerial campaign of Bomber Command.
The programme uncovers the story of one of the finest bombers of the Second World War, fighting at the core of a campaign to defeat the Third Reich. The Lancaster was the only aircraft capable of carrying the “Tallboy” and “Grand-slam” bombs created by Barnes Wallis and it is the aircraft that carried out the ambitious Dambuster’s Raid, with another of Wallis’ inventions, the Bouncing Bomb. It was crucial in low level night-time raids many miles inside Germany; striking at industrial and military targets; before reverting to making massive food drops on occupied territory that saved the lives of thousands at the end of the war.
Featuring archive material, reconstructions and exclusive interviews with surviving aircrew who share their fear, pride and determination – this revealing programme is not to be missed. Lancaster at War commemorates the Lancaster’s capabilities, its exceptional service record and the stories of her crews of whom over 55,000 lost their lives.