British Heavies Set - Lancaster, Halifax , Stirling & Wellington
Aviation Art Painting Print Set by Robert Calow AGAvA showing the four main types of aircraft used by Bomber Command
Without doubt the most famous British bomber of WWII, the Lancaster was derived from the unsuccessful Avro Manchester. Involved in some of the most famous actions of WWII, the aircraft spawned the Lincoln and Shackleton, the latter of which would be the last piston-engine aircraft in the RAF, being retired in 1991.
Although not able to carry as large a bomb load as the Lancaster, the Handley Page Halifax was a generally more versatile aircraft and loved by its crews. Entering service in early 1941, the initial Merlin-powered machines were replaced later in the war by the Hercules-powered aircraft.
The first of the four-engine bombers to enter service, the Stirling was a much-needed addition to the strength of Britain’s bomber force when it reached squadrons in late 1940. Though not as capable as the later aircraft, it was to serve until the end of the war, going on to tow gliders after its service with Bomber Command.
Although the Wellington is technically a medium bomber, its work in the early years of WWII as the stalwart of the RAF’s early night offensive makes it a worthy addition to this set.
Robert Calow’s Aviation Art painting set contains all four pictures. Each image measures 8.5” (216mm) with a 1.25” (32mm) border