Crashed Lancaster, 1945

The wreckage of an Avro Lancaster lies smouldering after an incident upon landing.

The wreckage of a crashed Avro Lancaster Bomber continues to smoulder in the background, after it crashed in Lincolnshire in March 1945.

This particular Lancaster, JB 228, was from the RAF’s heavy conversion unit. With the newer, heavier, four engined bombers such as the Lancaster, Short Stirling and the Halifax being introduced as the war went on, the RAF had a need to train pilots in flying these much heavier beasts.

The Heavy Conversion Units were therefore introduced in 1941, with the sole purpose of training medium bomber crews to be able to fly heavy bombers operationally.

In the foreground of this image, Group Captain Terence Arbuthnot is seen removing a belt of .303 ammunition from the wreckage – a highly dangerous job considering the fire still burning not too far away.

Miraculously, out of an eight man crew, only two of the crew were reported to have suffered any kind of injuries, the rest of the crew walked away unharmed.

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