Avro Lancaster B Mk. III
Avro Lancaster Mk. III
Rank 4 Rank2
Type Heavy Bomber
Maximum Speed 462 km/h
On Height 5791 m
Maximum Altitude 6096 m
Turn Time 33.2 seconds
Rate of Climb 3 m/s
Takeoff Run 607 m
Armament 1x Turret: 7.7mm Browning machine gun 4x (10000 rds)
2x Turret: 7.7mm Browning machine gun 2x (4000 rds)

14x 500lbs bombs 2x 4000lbs bombs

The Avro Lancaster B Mk. III is a tough, rugged four-engined heavy bomber which currently sits at Tier 4 in the British line. Currently, the Lancaster carries the heaviest bomb-load of any British aircraft. The upfront cost is 310,000 Lion.


A heavy quad-engine all-metal monoplane bomber based on the twin-engine Avro Model 679 Manchester bomber. It was famous for flying when severely out matched and surviving. These planes frequently came back with one engine and crews often boasted that they were bulletproof due to them being riddled with more holes than any other aircraft but still refusing to go down. The first Lancaster prototype flew on January 9, 1941, and the first production model was commissioned on October 31, 1941.

The Lancaster Mk.III, designated the B.Mk.III in 1942, was powered by variations of the the British Rolls Royce Merlin 28, 38, or 224 which were produced in American factories. Internal differences between the Mk.I and Mk.III were very few. The two models had identical technical characteristics and armament, but the difference in designation was necessary since the different engines has different service requirements.

The Lancaster first fought in March of 1942. Soon afterward it became the basis of British bombing operations and participated in massive bombing raids over Germany, Italy, and France. Due to the comparatively lighter defensive weaponry when compared with other heavy bombers, it was mostly used for night raids.

For self-defense, the Lancaster had eight 7.7mm Colt-Browning Mk.II machine guns located in three turrets: two guns were located in the nose, two in the dorsal turret, and four in the tail turret. The maximum ordinance capacity of the Lancaster was the highest of any heavy bomber in World War II: 14,000 lb (6,356 kg). Besides standard bombs, the aircraft could carry an 8,000 lb (3,632 kg) «blockbuster» or two 4,000 lb (1,816 kg) high-explosive «cookie» bombs. Special modifications of the bomber could carry even larger bombs. One of the Lancaster's most successful operations was the sinking of the German navy's flagship, the Tirpitz. It was also the aircraft used for the famous Dambusters raid, performed by 617 squadron, lead by wing commander Guy Gibson.

A total of 3,039 Mk.III bombers were produced. The bomber was decommissioned in Great Britain in 1950.

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  • Lancaster bombload

    4 messages
    • Seems like an 8000lb could work though, it can already carry 2 4000lb. 
    • But what's fun about dropping 2 bombs that weigh 4000lb when you can drop 22000 lb of bombs and make an even bigger hole
  • lancaster

    • wasn't the Lancaster made in Canada by Avro?