This is NOT a Lancaster - it is a Halifax. The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). It first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942
The unsung plane that REALLY won the Battle of Britain: Hawker Hurricane gets its rightful place in history
The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned during the Battle of Britain, accounting for 60% of the RAF's air victories in the battle, and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.
The flight engineer of a Handley-Page Halifax of No. 35 Squadron RAF, at his work station aft of the pilot's position, prior to take-off from Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire. He is wearing a Type B helmet and 1930 Pattern flying suit.
Spending the weeks after arriving at No 151 Squadron RAF on 10 June 1940 to get fully operational, F/L Roddick L "Dick" Smith noticed on 2 July in a hangar at RAF North Weald Hurricane Mk I DZ-Z, fitted with 2 belt-fed Oerlikon cannon, contained in housings under each wing. Although requiring greased 20mm cartridges, the idea of flying an experimental aircraft appealed to the 24-year-old pilot, who thought that its reduced speed of 20mph helped the rest of B Flight to keep up.