Andre Deutsch, 1st ed., 1999. 256 pp., cold., + b&w photo-plates + ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The Lancaster did not enter operational flight until 1942 yet it more than earned its place in the Battle of Britain flight. In Lancaster, the author has created a riveting biography of the aircraft, focusing not just on its operational history, but on the crews who flew and maintained Lancasters, even talking to German fighter pilots who flew against them. The stories in this book run from the time of its initial design right through the war and on to when variants such as the Lancastrian entered civilian service, BOAC using the aircraft on scheduled services between Britain and Australia from May 1945.