Avro Lancaster v H.P. Halifax

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Avro Lancaster v H.P. Halifax

Post by Pips » 12 Feb 2018 00:39

Two very capable bombers, and very similar in performance once the kinks were sorted out with the Halifax and the B.III model became operational. Overall the Lancaster was the preferred bomber by AOC-in-C Harris, given it performed very well from it's first production model (the B.I) and had both a higher bomb load capacity, and was able to carry the bigger bombs eg 4,000lb cookie, 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000lb bombs due to it's very large bomb bay.

But what about the actual pilots opinions? I've read that the Lancaster was a delight to fly with well balanced controls. I have to admit that I have not come across any memoirs regarding Halifax pilots/crew members.

And I'm Very interested to know which was the 'better' bomber in regards to survivability. Both in regards sorties/losses and actual ability to escape from a downed bomber.

Anyone have any info/opinions? :)

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Re: Avro Lancaster v H.P. Halifax

Post by Tomg44 » 12 Feb 2018 04:22

These might help.
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Re: Avro Lancaster v H.P. Halifax

Post by Tomg44 » 14 Feb 2018 11:10

There is some more interesting information here.
https://books.google.com.au/books?id=eD ... ce&f=false

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Re: Avro Lancaster v H.P. Halifax

Post by Pips » 15 Feb 2018 05:57

Excellent. Many thanks. :)

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Re: Avro Lancaster v H.P. Halifax

Post by LineDoggie » 09 Mar 2018 04:42

IIRC some early models of the Halifax had a defective triangular fin design and aircraft/aircrew were lost because of it. The trapezoidal fin design solved the problem
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