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Luck of a Lancasterlancastercover

by Gordon Thorburn

“….During her career, well over two hundred airmen flew in J. None were killed while doing so, but ninety-six of them died in other aircraft. This is their story, and the story of one lucky Lancaster…..”.

200 pages, hard cover. That may not seem like much. It is less than one page for every man that served on the Lancaster bomber with registration W4964, WS-J, aka J-Johnny Walker. Still, it took me quite some time to read the book. Where ‘read’ is probably not the proper word. I rather ‘researched’ it. And that takes time.

Lancaster W4964 beat all the odds, seeing that it performed well for over 2 years – from April 1943 till October 1944, made 107 operational flights in that period, and survived the war….. and even the century ! Average lifespan for a Lancaster in front-line duty at that time was 22,75 flights only !

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WW2G-titlrAnd here’s another bit of news. Recently yours truly was asked to assist in researching the whereabouts of a WW2 glider pilot who flew gliders in three distinct European WW2 operations: Overlord Neptune (D-Day landings), Market Garden (battle of southern Netherlands) and Varsity (battle of securing Rhine bridges near Wesel.

Robert Brown’s father was the pilot and together we are trying to find where exactly he landed. And to make more use of all the stuff we turn up in our search, I decided to write a book about the ‘quest’ AND to keep a blog of the work we do on this project. So if you are interested in learning more, follow us here on the blog of WW2Glider !

FSClassics websiteRelated to old aircraft, aviation history and World War2, and linked firmly to the flight simulator hobby so many hundreds of thousands of people all over the world still indulge in, here is !

Set up initially to further the products of FSAddon Publishing, notably their WW2 range of aircraft, it is now expanding into much more. Our latest project, called Normandy 1944, will be featured and followed extensively on this site. The aim of Normandy 1944 is to re-enact the D-Day landings within the flight simulator….. not so much as an action adventure – we don’t do shoot-em-up games – but more of a living, 3D diorama of the situation before, during and after the invasion of June 6t, 1944.

There is room for other information too of course, and ultimately ‘aviation’ is still the main theme of the site!

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