The Lancaster Bomber was designed Avro in Manchester.

The majority of Lancaster's bombers built during the war were manufactured by Avro at their factory at Chadderton near Oldham, Lancashire, and test flown from Woodford Aerodrome in Cheshire.

The heavy Second World War Bomber came into use in 1942 and known as the most famous second World War bomber.

The Lancaster Bomber dropped over 600,000 tons of bombs between 1942 to 1945.

Only 35 Lancaster's completed 100 successful missions and a total of 3249 were shot down or lost in action during the bombing campaigns of World War Two.

In the month of July 1943 the Bombers were heavily involved in the devastating round the clock bombing of Hamburg in Germany.

The Lancaster Bomber was also involved in dropping food aid to occupied Holland.