Videos on Bombers: Lancaster, Mosquito et al

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There are many fine videos illustrating the British bombers and the lives of bomber crews during World War II. I will continue to post ones that add to my uncle’s story, especially on the Lancaster. Here are a few documentaries and dramatizations from you-tube.

1. Bomber – A history of the Lancaster and its role in the war. Interviews with former crew and bombing runs (44 min.)

2. Lancaster at War  – The role of the Lancaster in World War II (49 min)

3. Jack Currie The Lancaster Legend  – A new skipper joins a bomber crew and gives us a good look at the inside of a Lanc, the roles of each crew member and a bombing operation. (27 min.)

4.  Lancaster – A dramatization of what it was like on a bombing run (12.37 min.)

5. The Bombing War A complete history of the role of bombing beginning in World War I, through the Spanish Civil War and World War II (1 hr 40 min.)

6.  Daily Mail article on the Lancaster

7. The Building of the Mosquito The Mosquito was often the leader of the bomber streams that led hundreds of bombers into battle. As a fighter/bomber, it was unique because the outer skin was made of a three-layered plywood. More a more detailed history of the Mosquito watch: The De Havilland Mosquito

8. The Shepherd The reading by Alan Maitland of Frederick Forsyth’s iconic story of a lost pilot returning home to England for Christmas eve.

9. Flying A Lancaster at Night A former pilot discusses the dangers of night flying.

10. The Engine That Won World War II The Merlin engine powered the Lancaster (4 ), the Mosquito (2), the Spitfire and the Mustang (one). Merlin engines were manufactured by Rolls-Royce in the UK.