Long way home – the recovery of a missing Lancaster

Eighty years after their Lancaster crashed into a Dutch lake, the remains of three missing airmen have finally been recovered, along with various artefacts from the bomber, as Christian Koenig explains

Once the Avro Lancaster joined the RAF as its third heavy bomber with four engines, AM Arthur Harris put into effect the ‘Battle of the Ruhr’. Intended to cripple the German war machine, the campaign brought devastating bombing raids to Dusseldorf, Bochum and Oberhausen in June 1943.

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