“The Return” PLQ 23 Plaque Numbered. Designed by Paul Hilditch of Moorcroft.
“The Return” PLQ 23 Plaque Numbered Designed by Paul Hilditch. The much admired and respected Lancaster, (also called Avro Lancaster,) was the most successful British heavy bomber of World War II. It first emerged from the heart of A.V. Roe & Company, Ltd., to a 1936 Royal Air Force order specification calling for a bomber powered by two 24-cylinder Rolls-Royce Vulture engines. The resultant aircraft, the Manchester, which first flew in July 1939, entered production the following year, and was committed to combat in February 1941. However, the Vulture engine proved to be a failure, and the Manchester was produced only in small numbers. Avro then proposed a redesigned Manchester powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, and the result was the famous Lancaster we all know so well today. Paul’s epic design sees the incredible planes in a victorious swoop as they return safely to their RAF base.