Crowood Aviation Series', Crowood Press, Marlborough, 1st ed., 1999. 175 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE +. The Avro Lancaster was possibly the finest bomber of World War II. Capable of lifting huge loads, yet a delight to fly, it spearheaded Bomber Command's night offensive over Germany. Post-war it went on to serve as a maritime patrol aircraft and served into the 1950's. Here is the full story of its design, development and operational use from its beginnings in the form of the Avro Manchester through to its retirement and beyond. Profusely illustrated.