Mixed fortunes for No 21 Squadron’s Lockheed Venturas in action over occupied Europe
Of the myriad Americanbuilt aircraft types operated by the RAF during World War Two, there were many great success stories. The Boeing Fortress and North American Mustang, instances where UK front-line experience contributed much to the improvement of US equipment, spring most readily to mind. The Lockheed Ventura does not. Hopes that it would build on the excellence of the Burbank, California manufacturer’s Hudson in RAF service came to nought, as this development of the Lodestar transport turned out to be behind the times.