This recent Images of War title takes an interesting look at the famous Lancaster. As it tells us in the introduction, I think it is quite thought provoking that of 7,366 Lancasters that were built, only 35 made it to the magic figure of 100 missions. To reach this figure took longer than you might have thought, but it also gives a good indication of the loss rates suffered by Bomber Command, and the odds that were against the 7-man aircrews who manned each Lancaster.
It is an interesting story and great to have a collective record of these 35 aircraft and the crews who flew them. For the modeller, you will also find some useful reference detail for the aircraft themselves, as well as uniforms and ground equipment that was used around the aircraft.
Read the full review [link=http://www.militarymodelling.com/news/article/veteran-lancs/24146]here![/link]
Military Modelling, Robin Buckland
[i]Bomber Offensive[/i] is a book all students of World War II and airpower simply must read. Compared to the memoirs of contemporaries such as Alexander, Montgomery, Slim, and Cunningham, page after page of Harris' book reverberates with ferocious, uncompromising blasts. Whether these prove Harris was always as right as he believed, or even that he was correct in his single-minded pursuit of area bombing, is best left to the reader to decide.
Last of the Lancasters is a pleasure to read, and a large part of this is due to how well-paced it is. The anecdotes and experiences are short, to the point, and contain a minimum of the self-indulgent waffle that regularly plagues books of this type. As a result, everything feels easy to digest, and so you actually feel that you’re learning from Last of the Lancasters without even trying – there’s no wodges of statistics and bumpf here! ... Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in WWII aviation.
Interesting for aircraft historians in that it details the history of this famous bomber after the end of WWII, along with lots of photographs, and for modellers of course some more inspiring sets of camouflage and markings to tempt you into expanding a collection of Lancaster Bombers in model form.