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Avro Lancaster MkI/III Early Production (WPA 5)

Richard Alexander

  • Series
  • Size
A4 landscape
  • Extent
80 pages
  • Illustrations
approx 120 photos and 6 colour profiles
  • Book Jacket
Saddle stitched soft back
  • Publisher


For quite a few years, Simon Parry and Mark Postlethwaite have been building up a huge library of original WWII aviation photos, partly as a hobby but mainly to help provide photos for the books that they publish.  With over 30,000 now in the collection, they realised that they had more than enough to produce a series of photo books on individual aircraft types and sub-types.  They set out to make the series as ideally suited to modellers and artists as possible, so large photos, using A4 landscape format, and minimal text except for extended captions.  Effectively their aim is to produce a 21st Century version of the Profile Publications series of books from the 1960s, using the latest technology to reproduce their wartime photos to the highest standard possible.

This series is unique in that it will be able to provide large format ORIGINAL photos up to full A4 landscape format width, which is at least 50% larger than any standard book can deliver.  Combined with the specialist knowledge of a team of historians and contributors, each book should provide unbeatable and accurate references for any modelling or painting project.

“After devoting the first four volumes in this series to Battle of Britain subjects, we turned our attention to another icon of British aviation, the Avro Lancaster. The problem with the Lanc was always going to be how to break it down into manageable sizes.  We considered chronologically but it didn’t quite tell the story as we wanted, so in the end we went for a layout by production batches and therefore serial numbers. This has thrown up some interesting details along the way and we can guarantee that even the biggest Lancaster fans will learn some new facts from this book. Part One therefore covers serial numbers L7527 to JB748 which chronologically is roughly 1941 to the end of 1943. Part two features later serials and Part three covers the MkII and other special Lancaster types like the B1 Special and the Type 464 (Provisioning) ‘Dambuster version. ”

This book contains approx 120 original wartime/pre-war photos and 6 in-depth colour profiles