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The prototype Lancaster took to the air for its first flight from Woodford, Manchester, on 9 44 Squadron at Waddington, quickly followed by 97 Squadron at Woodhall Spa.
The performance of the Lancaster was simply outstanding.
Of these, some 3,500 were lost on operations and another 200 or so were destroyed or written off in crashes.
The vast majority of those Lancasters that did survive the war were simply scrapped when their services were no longer required, as the reverence in which the aircraft is now held had yet to develop to the point where their preservation seemed important.
The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two.
It is a legend that lives on today and the contribution made by the aircraft and its crews to the freedom of our nation will, hopefully, never be forgotten.
Many of the original paper maps from which these digital versions were scanned are held in the Lancashire Record Office, where they can be inspected.
The county has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km). The history of Lancashire begins with its founding in the 12th century.