Over 156,000/156,192 missions were flown by Lancasters. During those missions 608,612 tons of bombs were dropped. Approximately 3,836 Lancasters were lost during World War II. 2,508 were lost in operations over Germany. 3,349 Lancasters were lost in action.
24 Lancaster bombers completed more than 100 missions. The Lancaster Mk III "Mother of Them All", register number ED 888, marked PM-M2, completed 140 missions. It was scrapped in 1947.
Countries that used Lancasters were Australia, Britain, Canada, and Poland.
A total of 56/59/61 squadrons were equipped with the Lancaster.
In January 1942 No. 44 Squadron was the first to be completely outfitted with the Lancasters.
On March 3, 1942 the Lancaster was first used on a mine laying mission.
Essen was the Lancasters first target on the night of March 10 and 11, 1942.
First Daylight Raid
Twelve Lancasters from the Nos 44 and 97 Squadrons took part in a daylight raid on a U-boat diesel engine factory in Augsburg. In the raid seven Lancasters were lost. Two Squadron Leaders, Nettleton and Sherwood, received Victoria Crosses in the raid.
Used on the "Dambusters" raid by the No. 617 Squadron in May 1943/May 16-17, 1943. The Lancasters had to fly 60' / 18.3 m above the water at exactly 249 mph / 402 kph when it released the rotating bomb, which then skipped across the water to sink next to the dam and then detonate. The dams that were destroyed were the Möhne, Eder, and Sorpe.
The first Tallboy bomb, 12,000 lb, was dropped on September 15-16, 1943. They were designed by Barnes Wallis.
The Lancaster was used in the sinking of the Tirpitz in Tromso Fjord in Norway on November 12, 1944. These raids were conducted by the Nos 9 and 617 Squadrons using Tallboy bombs.
The first Grand slam bomb, 20,000 lb, was dropped on March 14, 1945. The mission was conducted by the Nos 617 Squadron against the Bielefeld Viaduct. It was designed by Barnes Wallis.